Step Two: Build Your Milk Team

Every successful Milk Program relies on a team of colleagues and parents who can help get milk mooving in your school. Be sure to divide duties among your team, based on members’ interests and abilities.

Key players in your milk team:

  1. The Milk Coordinator
    Each school needs someone – a parent, grandparent, teacher or staff member – who understands that milk is important for children. Milk Coordinators make the Elementary School Milk Program (ESMP) a successful program for the school, convenient for the parents and fun for the students.

    The Milk Coordinator(s) oversees all aspects of the Milk Program, by:

    1. Organizing milk distribution, to ensure that milk gets distributed to students every day at lunch.
    2. Getting the word out by sending out notices and parent brochures that encourage students and parents to get involved.
    3. Communicating with the dairies to place, receive and check dairy orders.
    4. Organizing a payment system that takes care of payment details, like collecting money, making bank deposits and preparing order forms or milk tickets.
    5. Distributing milk rewards that motivate students to drink more milk at school.
    6. Recruiting and overseeing Milk Moovers, who are senior students that help run the Milk Program.
    7. Recruiting parent volunteers who can participate in the Milk Program as volunteers.
  2. Milk Moovers
    Milk Moovers are senior students, members of the student council, teams or classrooms chosen by the Milk Coordinator to help run the program. The number of Milk Moovers you will need depends on how much milk is to be distributed and how many milk tasks can be delegated.
  3. Parent Volunteers
    When parent volunteers become involved, the Milk Program becomes nearly effortless for the school. Reach out to the community and involve as many parents as you can! Visit our templates page to see sample letters that you can customize to send home with the ESMP parent brochures.

How else can students help?

By assisting in the Program, senior students can learn organizational, bookkeeping and leadership skills. Many schools have students in grades five to eight run the program like a small business. The students sell and distribute the milk to classrooms, roll coins, count money, prepare bank deposits, ensure the rewards are distributed, and organize events.

Does your child get milk at school?

If you are a parent, you can find out whether your kids attend an elementary school that is registered with the ESMP in a snap. And enrolling them is as easy as 1-2-3. Learn more

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