By Julia Bauscher, SNA President 2014-08-19 22:16:17
The new year—new for SNA, for all of our schools and for me!—has gotten off to a fantastic start! Were you one of the thousands of school nutrition professionals who made history in Boston at our Annual National Conference (ANC)? You can either relive the fantastic event or see what you missed in the recap article “Boston Strong” beginning on page 48. With nearly 100 education sessions offered, I’m sure there were classes you had to miss—fortunately you can check out many of the wonderful presentations online. These are easier to access than ever on our beautiful, newly redesigned website. New resources are added every day to www.SchoolNutrition.org, and the new navigation and search functions make it simple to surf around to find what you need—and what you didn’t know yet that you needed! SNA’s web team has worked long and hard on this update; I’m sure they would love to hear your feedback. While students in my district have been back to school since early August, I know this month is back-to-school season for many of you in other parts of the country. Isn’t it wonderful? When I was a student, this was always one of my favorite times of the year. I loved shopping for new school supplies, clothing and shoes. I loved my new classes—and all the books that went with them. It was like New Year’s all over, another opportunity to make resolutions. I hope you are looking forward to this school year—and are making new resolutions about engaging, energizing and excelling! Resolve to engage with your staff to ensure they understand important new changes in school meal requirements that take effect this year. Provide opportunities for them to network and learn from one another about opportunities and challenges in their individual school cafeterias. I also encourage you to engage your students, parents and school administrators and educate them about the wonderful things you are doing in your program to provide and promote healthy school meals. You can do this in so many ways: back-to-school-night events, social media channels, your department’s web pages, newsletters, the school newspaper, cafeteria and hallway displays and more. Make an effort to reach out and share your positive stories with local media. This issue of School Nutrition offers some great advice on doing this. I know my district appreciates the positive stories about our program that are highlighted throughout the year in the community; I’m sure yours will, too. Back to school is the perfect time to start. Then resolve to stay energized for our next big promotional opportunity: October’s National School Lunch Week. Are you ready to “Get in the Game With School Lunch”?
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