Ruby Reader returns home to School Nutrition after roaming all across the United States— and even Europe! School Nutrition sent Ruby Reader to visit with magazine readers and learn more about why they love their job, their favorite activities and some of the SN articles that resonate. Check out some of the entertaining examples of Ruby’s travels on the pages that follow—and visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snmagazine/RubyReaderContest to see more great pictures documenting her adventures. Congratulations to the 15 contest winners selected at random. Ruby—and School Nutrition—offer heartfelt thanks to all who participated! “Where’s Ruby Roaming?” Contest Winners $100 Visa Gift Card Winners • Bernadine Blackburn, Dodge City, Kansas • Linda Farmer, Lakeland, Florida • Carol Ives, Winona, Minnesota • Yvette Kagan, Las Vegas, Nevada • Kris Penrod, Seaford, Delaware $50 SNA Emporium Gift Card Winners • Vonda Bradford, Winchester, Tennessee • Linette Dodson, SNS, Carrollton, Georgia • Elia Esparza, San Juan, Texas • Sylvia Kravitz, SNS, San Diego, California • Victoria Pratt, Pocahontas, Arkansas • Claudia Simion, Brownsburg, Indiana • Barb Schemmel, New Berlin, Wisconsin • Lisa Thrower, Yuma, Arizona • Barb Torres, Rice, Minnesota • Cathy Uzar, Stuart, Florida Readers Are INSPIRED by SN “There’s No ‘I’ in School Meals” (December 2014/News Bites) inspired Vonda Bradford in Winchester, Tenn. to become more aware of those she works with and their personalities, which can help build a better team. The experiences of award-winners Brenda Thompson and Gail Gramling (November 2014/InProfile) inspired Linda Van Gorden to try a survey, “hoping to encourage participation of staff, students and parents to express their opinions to help improve [her] lunch program” in Westfield, Mass. “Ready, Aim…What’s Your Target?” (October 2014) inspired Linette Dodson, SNS, Carrollton, Ga., to arrange for an outside facilitator when talking about staff goals in order to build a supportive discussion environment. Readers Find SN USEFUL Kayleen Carter, Clinton, Utah, was ready for “what ANC Boston was going to be like” after reading “History in the Making” (June/July 2014). What is the “cloud”? Yvette Kagan, Las Vegas, has a better understanding after reading “Tech Terms You Should Know” (January 2014), and notes, “Boy, is it kind of scary.” “Click It, Share It, Post It, Tweet It, Pin It, Eat It!” (September 2014) provided Barb Schemmel, New Berlin, Wis., with practical advice for taking photos of lunches to post on her district’s website. Readers Find SN ENCOURAGING Bernadine Blackburn, Dodge City, Kan., is a regular fan of the annual National School Lunch Week preview articles (April), because they help her “get going to make it a good week for the students and staff, [while making it] a learning experience, too!” Jolene Schledewitz, Greeley, Colo., found encouragement to keep learning and to never let people stop you from learning after reading the stories of award-winners Lauren Teng and Stacy Sagowitz (October 2014/InProfile). Victoria Pratt, Pocahontas, Ark., was encouraged by “Calling All Copycats!” (December 2014) to get fit, because she had “never thought about being healthy as being a role model before!” Readers Find SN EDUCATIONAL Nancy Turner, Tolleson, Ariz., had a better understanding about the product shortages affecting her school districts and others after reading “Running on Empty” (December 2014). After reading “Every Day Can Be Training Day” (November 2014), Claudia Simion, Brownsburg, Ind., recognized the value of regular training in empowering staff. For Debbie Siegrist, Crescent City, Fla., “Way Moooooo-re Than Just Milk” (November 2014) offered a better appreciation for all the support available through the National Dairy Council, including help with grants and CEUs.
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