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Each day, St. Tammany Parish students are offered moderately priced, nutritionally balanced meals. The St. Tammany Parish Public School system has been nationally recognized for having an exemplary food service program.


St. Tammany School Food Services continues to offer healthy meal choices for our students. We are increasing whole grain menu items, offering more choices of fruits and vegetables and introducing new entrée selections this year. We are pleased to say that our schools still serve school-made bread and we make most of our entrees from scratch.

Please refer to our cycle menus that are used throughout the parish. When more than one entrée or main dish is offered, the individual cafeteria manager selects the menu that is most popular with her students. One or more fruits are offered each day. The specific fruit is not listed on the cycle menu as these choices change with the seasonal availability. Junior and Senior High Schools also offer a sandwich line three or more days a week. Many schools offer freshly made smoothies as a choice as well.

We encourage parents to eat school lunch and breakfast with your children as long as you have the approval of the principal.

We recently received certification from the USDA and Louisiana Department of Education for implementation of the new menu pattern. The menus limit the amount of fat and saturated fat and contain no trans fats. Each week, students are offered fruits and vegetables that are excellent sources of Vitamin A and C. Carbohydrate counts and allergen information is available upon request.

Menu Cycles

Breakfast Menu Cycle        Elementary Menu Cycle    
Junior High Menu Cycle        Senior High Menu Cycle


Cafeteria Food Lesson at Little Pearl Elementary

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Kindergarten students of Little Pearl Elementary told whether the staff costume was a Go, Glow, or Grow food.

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Some of the staff of Little Pearl Elementary dressed as healthy food in honor of Louisiana School Lunch Week.

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Skip Paul of Little Pearl Elementary was one of the judges for the mascot contest held during Louisiana School Lunch Week. 

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Pictured are some of the mascots made by students at Little Pearl Elementary during Louisiana School Lunch Week. 

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Cathy Nichols, cafeteria manager for Little Pearl Elementary works in her carrot costume in honor of Louisiana School Lunch Week.


 

Abney Elementry Students Visit Assisted Living Center

As part of the school's ongoing community outreach, Abney Elementary Principal’s Goldfish Club, Nutrition Advisory Council, and Abney Honors Band, visited the Azalea Assisted Living Center recently. Students brought gifts of goodie bags, extra special Mardi Gras beads, lots of good company, and entertainment to residents there.
Several residents remarked how they have looked forward to our past visits there and many more to come.
A good time was had by all.

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Heart of the Program Award Presented

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This year's Heart of the Program Award went to Donna Naquin of
St. Tammany Junior High.  She was completely surprised when Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Arabie presented her with a heart-shaped box of chocolates and Robin Hollingsworth presented her with a dozen roses. 

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She was commended for the creativity in her work, designing and decorating all garnishes made for special events. She is known for her willingness to take on new responsibilities when needed, and she is a “go to guy” in the kitchen.

Donna has great rapport with everyone as well as a good listener. Not only that, but she helps raise money for veterans yearly, organizes blood drives for ill children in the community and is a member of "Relay for Life" and "Coastal Cruisers" who raise money for cancer research.

She really shines during special cafeteria promotions, organizing activities for the cafeteria staff for National School Lunch Week, Louisiana School Lunch Week, National School Breakfast Week, etc. She has made many hand-made decorations for our special events.

Her continued efforts in professional and personal growth are also appreciated. Not only has she completed Technician Training and Manager Training Part 1, she is now enrolled in Manager Training Part 2. Her attendance record was also praiseworthy.


State Legislators Visit St. Tammany Parish Public School Cafeterias

February 3, 2014

Area Louisiana state legislators were recently invited to visit schools in St. Tammany Parish to learn how the food service programs and school cafeterias play an integral part in the health and education of students.  On Monday, February 3, Representative Timothy Burns visited Pontchartrain Elementary and Tchefuncte Middle School in Mandeville and Senator A. G. Crowe visited Pearl River High.   Legislators were given “chef’s hats” to wear while working in the cafeteria. They met with cafeteria managers and principals and were brought up to date about new menu requirements and opportunities.

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Rep. Burns at Pontchartrian Elementary

    Senator Crowe at Pearl River High

“We wanted to show our legislators the importance of the relationship between school meals and the health and education of our students,” said Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III. “I know our students would be excited to have the opportunity to share a meal with a state legislator and discuss all that they have learned about health and nutrition.”

During the legislator visits, the food service managers explained the child nutrition program.  The highlight of the event was the legislator putting on a chef’s hat and apron and having them help serve the students’ lunch. 

Legislators were informed that school lunch and breakfast are vital parts of the school system, and the number one goal of the School Food Service are well balanced, nutritious and safe meals. Special diets are provided for specific student medical needs, and other responsibilities include pricing accountability, computerized inventory, free/reduced lunch offerings and menu worksheets.
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools “Student Nutrition Advisory Councils” were also spotlighted, as were efforts by cafeteria personnel to provide nutrition education activities in the classroom. New USDA guidelines for increased fruits and vegetables, and limits on total calories and fat were also discussed.

The School System served 10,400 breakfasts and 25,523 lunches daily in 2012-13, which totalled more than 6.1 million meals. “We also participate in the After-School Snack program at some of our schools,” said Pat Farris, School Food Service Supervisor.

 

Sixth Ward Elementary
Wins Third Place In Fuel Up Contest

Congratulations! Sixth Ward Elementary School placed third in the "Fuel Up Like A PRO Breakfast Contest." The school increased their ADP this year by nine percent over last year!

As the third place winner, Sixth Ward Elementary will receive a check for $1000, according to Terry C. Charles, MS, RD, LDN , Manager of School Health and Wellness, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc.

 

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Garden Harvest Becomes Salads

Students at Abney Elementary are enjoying fresh lettuce salads out of their own gardens after planting, tending, and harvesting the vegetables themselves. The Teaching Garden project helps children learn about where food actually comes from, and teachers across the campus are using the activity to tie in their own lesson plans.

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Cafeteria Manager Debbie Davis and some of her SNAC Group.

Members of the school’s Student Nutrition Advisory Council joined with students from Special Education Teacher Geremy Jackson’s gardening project to harvest enough greens on Wednesday, November 6, for most of the school’s students to get a taste of the home-grown salads. Students helped wash, rinse, and dish up salads to serve to the group.

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PMA Sensory Experience

These are photos of some of the students that participated in the Sensory Experience at the Morial Convention Center
Friday, October 18, 2013

 


A Grab-n-Go Breakfast Station!


St. Tammany Junior High School was recently awarded two grants to promote healthy breakfast choices.  Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) and the Louisiana Dairy Council are helping make the Grab-n-Go Breakfast a reality for the students. 

Cafeteria manager, Judy Rayburn, distributed flyers in classrooms and had students advertise the program through morning announcements and live broadcasts.  The Nutrition Advisory Council (NAC) organized a series of breakfast taste test days to select the items offered.

Judy and her staff offer a variety of breakfast foods including low-fat dairy products, whole grain, fruits and fruit juices.
Students may stay outside in the picnic area and are able to socialize with friends while enjoying a nutritious breakfast.  The Grab-n-Go breakfast station is located in front the gym where students tend to gather in the morning.  Traditional breakfast is still served daily in the cafeteria.

Principal Vince DiCarlo is very involved with the program and is planning a contest between grades to add interest.

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Students pictured:  Kenneth Wallace and Clarance Mitchell

 

 

Grandparents Day at Bonne Ecole

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Approximately 240 grandparents joined in the fun at Bonne Ecole Wednesday, September 11. 

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Honey Island Elementary

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Honey Island Grandparents' Breakfast - Jackson Batuk with grandmother, Angela Jackson.

 

Bayou Woods Elementary

 

Grandparents Day

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Andrew Barron enjoys breakfast with his grandparents at Bayou Woods Elementary in Slidell. 

 

 


2012-2013 School Year Award Winners

2013 Food Service Banquet Photos

Abita Springs Elementary

Abita Springs Elementary School
Outstanding Student Nutrition Advisory Council Award

Brock Elementary

Brock Elementary
Outstanding Student Nutrition Advisory Council Award

Clearwood Junior High School
Outstanding Student Nutrition Advisory Council Award

Folsom Jr High

Folsom Junior High
Parish Winner
National School Breakfast Week
National School Lunch Week

Lake Harbor Middle School

Lake Harbor Middle School
Outstanding Student Nutrition Advisory Council Award

Little Pearl Elementary

Little Pearl Elementary
Outstanding Food Service Program Award

Magnolia Trace Elementary

Magnolia Trace Elementary
Parish Winner - Louisiana School Lunch Week

Pearl River High

Pearl River High School
Parish Winner - National School Lunch Week
Outstanding Food Service Program

St. Tammany Jr High

St. Tammany Junior High
Outstanding Food Service Program

 

2012-2013 School Year Award Winners

Heart of the Program This award is designed to recognize the valuable program contribution of a school nutrition employee who makes a difference at her school and in her community. Awarded to Linda Wiggins at Magnolia Trace Elementary.

Extra Mile Award
The Extra Mile Award is presented to one assistant manager who is outstanding in performing the duties listed in the job description and volunteers for extra responsibilities and special projects. Awarded to "Shooting Star," Paula Frey, Brock Elementary

National School Lunch Week
School Lunch-What's CookingParish First Place Winners are Abita Springs Elementary, Parish Winner; Folsom Jr. High, Parish Winner; and Pearl River High, Parish Winner. Parish Second Place Winners are Bayou Woods Elementary, Clearwood Jr. High, and Lakeshore High.

National School Breakfast Week
Parish Winners are Lancaster Elementary, Folsom Jr. High and Lakeshore High.

Louisiana School Lunch Week, “Go For The Gold
Parish first place winners are Magnolia Trace Elementary, Clearwood Jr. High, and Lakeshore High. Parish second place winners are Madisonville Elementary and Bayou Lacombe Middle School. Parish third place winner is Alton Elementary.

Outstanding Nutritional Advisory Council  One of the keys to operating a successful school lunch program is knowing your customer.  Thanks to the input from our NAC at our schools, we know first-hand what the students want.  This year we would like to acknowledge the accomplishment of five NAC groups and their Managers: Abita Springs Elementary, Brock Elementary, Lake Harbor Middle School, Clearwood Jr. High, and Lakeshore High.

Outstanding Food Service Program Schools All schools have put forth a great effort to make their school lunch program a success.  These schools did an outstanding job with daily duties, promotions, nutrition education and involvement in the community: Brock Elementary, Little Pearl Elementary, Lake Harbor Middle, St. Tammany Jr. High, and Pearl River High.

 

 


 

School Food Service News

Gold Awards of Distinction Presented

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Mayfield Elementary Principal Arlana LeBlanc, center, and Cafeteria Manager Tammy Ducote, right, are shown receiving a framed certificate from James Abraham, Program Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, giving the school a Gold Award of Distinction designation in the USDA HealthierUS School Program. The presentation took place April 16 at the Treen Instructional Technology Center. The school was recently notified that it had earned the recognition in a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama congratulating them on their accomplishment. The St. Tammany Parish Public School System now has 27 schools with the designation, more than any other School System in the nation.

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Lancaster Elementary Principal Susannah Welch, center, and Cafeteria Manager Beverly Fleming, right, are shown receiving a framed certificate from James Abraham, Program Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, giving the school a Gold Award of Distinction designation in the USDA HealthierUS School Program. The presentation took place April 16 at the Treen Instructional Technology Center. The school was recently notified that it had earned the recognition in a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama congratulating them on their accomplishment. The St. Tammany Parish Public School System now has 27 schools with the designation, more than any other School System in the nation.


 

Linda Wiggins

Heart of the Program Award Goes to Linda Wiggins at Magnolia Trace

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Schools Decorate for Louisiana School Lunch Week


Bayou Lacombe Gardening Students Work
With Cafeteria Staff to Prepare a Meal

The students at Bayou Lacombe Middle School worked with school food service personnel to help prepare a meal using vegetables grown in the school's organic garden. For photos from the special event, click here.


Legislators Visit School Cafeterias

Several Louisiana state legislators visited schools in St. Tammany Parish during 2012 to learn how the food service programs and school cafeterias play an integral part in the health and education of students.

They included Representative Kevin Pearson, Representative John Schroder,Representative Scott Simon, Senator A. G. Crowe, Senator Ben Nevers, Representative Harold Ritchie and Representative Paul Hollis. 

“We wanted to show our legislators the importance of the relationship between school meals and the health and education of our students,” said Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III. “I know our students would be excited to have the opportunity to share a meal with a state legislator and discuss all that they have learned about health and nutrition.”

During the legislator visits, the principal and students met them at the door, walked them to the cafeteria, and introduced the cafeteria staff. The school’s food service manager then explained the food service and child nutrition program.  The highlight of the event was the legislator putting on a chef’s hat and apron and having them help serve the students lunch. 

    Photo Album of Legislator Visits


 

Breakfast Week Visitor

Carl Arredondo

Judy Rayburn and Bridget Patterson with Carl Arredondo  WWLTV channel 4 Chief Meteorologist at St. Tammany Jr. High celebrating  National School Breakfast Week.

 


State Treasurer Visits
Madisonville Jr. High Cafeteria

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy visited Madisonville Junior High Friday, January 11, to serve as a substitute teacher in one of the school’s English Language Arts classes, a sixth grade English and Reading class. He substitute teaches from time to time to remain aware of the day-to-day challenges faced by classroom teachers, he said. He also ate lunch with several teachers in the cafeteria and discussed issues of concern with them.

Photo of State Treasurer at Madisonville Jr High Cafeteria


 

Supervisor of Food Services Interviewed
On New Orleans Area Radio Program

Click here for interview with Pat Farris, Supervisor of School Food Services, by Kevin Fitzwilliam of "All Things Local" radio program, WGSO, New Orleans.

 


IMPORTANT NEWS:

Changes Coming In School Cafeteria Menu

Every school offers five menu components (meat, bread, fruit, vegetable and milk) daily. Students are allowed to select three, four or all five components, the goal being to avoid unnecessary food waste. However, every student will be required to take one-half cup fruit and/or vegetable.

“We all know that proper nutrition helps students perform their best, both physically and academically,” said Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III. A letter will be sent home to parents asking for their help in making these changes successful by encouraging their children to try new foods at home and school.

Questions or concerns about the new food service initiative may be directed to Pat Farris, Supervisor of School Food Services. She may be reached by email (pat.farris@stpsb.org) or by telephone (985-898-3376).

To view a Quicktime video of a recent School Board meeting presentation by Ms. Farris on the upcoming changes, please click here. The video may take a while to download.


Healthier Food Choices Goal of "My Plate" Initiative

First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin have unveiled the federal government's new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices.

MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as the government's primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. "The new icon is simple and easy to understand, with more emphasis placed on fruits and vegetables," said U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin.

St. Tammany Parish School Services will continue to offer a variety of healthy foods for breakfast and lunch.  The new MyPlate will be incorporated into the nutrition lessons during the 2011-12 school year.

For more information, visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. Additional resources include: www.DietaryGuidelines.gov and www.LetsMove.gov.

 


First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Brock Elementary
To Promotes Childhood Nutrition

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Brock Elementary School in Slidell on in 2010 to kick off the next phase of her “Let’s Move!” Campaign to combat childhood obesity. She was greeted by hundreds of students at the school with cheers, songs, smiles, hugs, and handshakes.

During her visit, she spoke to school food service personnel, School administrators, and community leaders. She said St. Tammany Parish public schools have shown great progress in taking the steps necessary to reduce childhood obesity.

She commended those St. Tammany Parish School Food Service Programs which participate in the USDA’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge program. The principals and cafeteria managers of the schools taking part in that program stood with her on the stage at Brock Elementary during her presentation.

Michelle Obama Photo

Mrs. Obama said that Brock Elementary was not just a school that was dedicated to academic success, not just a school that is a model of determination to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, but it was also a school that is a model of excellence in teaching children good nutritional habits right from the beginning.

“Brock Elementary is among the very best of the best,” Mrs. Obama stated. “Brock isn’t the only school in this district to win the Gold Award of Distinction honor from the USDA,” she went on to say. “There are 25 schools in St. Tammany that have won the award, and this is an incredible accomplishment. You should be very proud of this honor. Something like this doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because there are principals and food service managers and others who have made a commitment to put a lot of hard work in to make it happen.”

She congratulated Brock and the entire St. Tammany school district, saying, “I can see it in the faces of your children that they are healthy, bright, and energized. There is a difference when kids feel good and invested in a nutritional program such as this. You are all doing a phenomenal job, even with the great challenges you faced. You have been able to rebuild this school and recover from one of the greatest devastations that this country has ever seen. If you can do it here, then all the schools in our nation should be able to do it.”

The Let’s Move initiative began in February and focuses on solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, an ambitious goal. “When we are talking about the health and well-being of our children,” she said, “when we are talking about our children’s future, that’s something I think we should be ambitious about.”

Mrs. Obama also outlined the goals and pledged to participate in the President's Active Lifestyle Award program, another part of the effort to reduce childhood obesity.

She urged schools nationwide to take part in the USDA's Healthier US Schools Challenge program, providing better nutrition for students as well as improved physical fitness activities.

After Mrs. Obama's remarks, the USDA presented the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Food Service Program with a check for $50,000, one of the financial incentives for meeting the program's standards.

USDA Check Photo

From left to right are Superintendent W.L. “Trey” Folse, III,
School Food Services Supervisor Pat Farris, and William
Ludwig, Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, USDA.

CLICK HERE for video of USDA Program at Brock Elementary
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In 2005 Cypress Cove Elementary in Slidell was given the very first USDA Gold Award in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge program. Within a year, every elementary school in the parish was recognized for having achieved the USDA Gold Award level.

Regarding the fight against childhood obesity, Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, stated that the School System’s Food Service Program continues to be a beacon for nutritional excellence. “It’s a great example of how administrators, students, parents, and school food service personnel can work together to make the Go, Grow and Glow motto a healthy reality for all,” he said. Folse also said that he was pleased that Brock Elementary was again recognized for its many accomplishments.

USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification program that recognizes excellence in nutrition and physical activity. The Challenge is designed to bring schools closer to compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations for school meals and foods in schools.

Click here for an MP3 file of Mrs. Obama's speech.


 

School Food Services Continue
to Receive USDA Honors

Twenty five public schools in St. Tammany Parish have been awarded the HealthierUS School Challenge Program’s highest level of recognition for excellence in food service and nutrition. The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments by meeting specialized program criteria.

Schools have the opportunity to become certified as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Gold Award of Distinction Schools, depending on meeting certain criteria ranging from development of a wellness policy and promoting physical education to limits on sugar and salt in the meals served. A key component is nutrition education, where students learn about the food pyramid, whole grain foods, and the importance of vegetables.

Food Services Supervisor Pat Farris was notified by the United States Department of Agriculture this week that the schools named below had met the criteria for the “Gold Award of Distinction” for their meal preparation, nutrition instruction, and physical activity programs: Abita Springs Elementary, Abney Elementary, Alton Elementary, Bayou Woods Elementary, Bonne Ecole Elementary, Brock Elementary, Chahta-Ima Elementary, Covington Elementary, Cypress Cove Elementary, Fifth Ward Jr. High, Florida Avenue Elementary, Folsom Elementary, Honey Island Elementary, Lee Road Jr. High, Little Pearl Elementary, Lyon Elementary, Madisonville Elementary, Magnolia Trace Elementary, Mandeville Elementary, Marigny Elementary, Pontchartrain Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Sixth Ward Elementary, Whispering Forest Elementary, and Woodlake Elementary School.


 

Cypress Cove Elementary

Cooks for Kids Video Shot at Cypress Cove Elementary

An educational television segment that showcases healthy cooking for children filmed a "best practices" video at Cypress Cove Elementary School in Slidell November 7. The segment  focuses on local school cafeteria preparation of a regional favorite, gumbo made with a greaseless brown roux.

Videos were shot of food preparation, students in lunch lines and the dining room, and interviews with students, Principal Lisa Dial, and Food Service Manager Robin Blakeman, and Food Service Supervisor Sylvia Dunn. A nutrition education class, physical education class, and general campus shots were also video-taped for the project.

The purpose of the program "Cooks for Kids: Healthful Cooking Across America" is to address the problem of childhood obesity by offering ideas for healthier food preparation through school food service departments. Food service employees are the primary audience for the videos being produced. The end result of videos such as this is to inspire foodservice staff to prepare and serve nutritious and appealing foods in child nutrition programs. Teaching healthy food habits that will carry the wellness message into the home is a goal of the thirty-minute showcase of recipes, techniques, and practical solutions that schools can adopt to prepare healthier and tastier meals.

The new program is being put together by the National Food Service Management Institute (USDA).

 

Cooks for Kids Video Shot at Cypress Cove Elementary Wins Award

An educational television segment that showcases healthy cooking for children filmed at Cypress Cove Elementary School last year has won a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications.

The "best practices" video entitled "Cooks for Kids" was part of a series being put together by the National Food Service Management Institute (USDA) and was created by Running Pony Productions out of Memphis, TN. It won in the category of Educational, Informational or Training Video Production - Longer than 15 minutes.

The Cypress Cove segment focuses on local school cafeteria preparation of a regional favorite, gumbo made with a greaseless brown roux. Videos were shot of food preparation, students in lunch lines and the dining room, and interviews with students, Principal Lisa Dial, Food Service Manager Robin Blakeman, and Food Service Supervisor Sylvia Dunn.

Additional video was shot of a nutrition education class, physical education class, and general campus views at Cypress Cove Elementary.

The purpose of the program "Cooks for Kids: Healthful Cooking Across America" is to address the problem of childhood obesity by offering ideas for healthier food preparation through school food service departments. Food service employees were the primary audience for the videos being produced. Teaching healthy food habits to children that will carry the wellness message into the home is a goal of the thirty-minute showcase of recipes, techniques, and practical solutions that schools can adopt to prepare healthier and tastier meals.

The Clarion Award honors excellence across all communication disciplines, with judging based on substance, style, originality and achievement of objective. The award will be presented on October 17 at the 2009 AWC National Conference in Seattle, WA. This year the competition drew nearly 500 entries, and 97 Clarions were awarded in a variety of categories.

 

 


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