Food Services Director in the schools is busy far beyond her line of work

    The Crookston Early Childhood Initiative has named Anna Ogaard-Brekken a “Champion for Young Children” for the positive impact her work has had on young children and their families in the community.

    In her role as food services director for Crookston Public Schools, the Crookston ECI says Anna has shown passion for helping children become healthy and strong by eating healthy foods. She has worked with the Celebrate the Young Child collaborative and has helped select tasty, economical and healthy options for families for the annual Family Festival. Anna adjusts her time and makes herself available to help out when possible at these events, the ECI said in bestowing the honor upon Ogaard-Brekken.  

    Ogaard-Brekken is also the Summer Foods Program director and that brings healthy lunches to the sites for Crookston kids during the summer months.  She was also a key player in the completion of the School Health Index and finalizing the School Wellness Policy. She has been a leader on the on the School Wellness Committee that will be making decisions that will impact the health and wellness of the children and youth in our school district.

    Ogaard-Brekken is the mother of two small children and recently has been single parenting while her husband, Cody, is deployed with his National Guard unit.

    The Crookston ECI presents Champion for Young Children Awards to individuals, organizations, and businesses that help to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for our young children, ages birth through five. If you would like to learn more about current projects of the Initiative or be involved visit the ECI on Facebook.