School Nutrition Foundation We Have Our Heroes! Kudos to the Class of 2016 Earlier this winter, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) announced its 2016 class of School Nutrition Heroes, an honor bestowed upon school nutrition professionals who go above and beyond their daily responsibilities to make a difference in the lives of the children—and the communities—they serve. A total of 36 nominations were submitted for consideration this year, representing 21 states. While all the submitted nominees deserve accolades, noted the members of this year’s Selection Committee, just five could be chosen to be honored. The School Nutrition Heroes for 2016 are: • Chris Burkhardt, SNS, Director of Child Nutrition & Wellness, Lakota Local School District, Liberty Township, Ohio • Sandra Hearn, Cafeteria Manager, Vicksburg Warren High School, Vicksburg Warren (Miss.) School District • Jody Houston, SNS, Food Services Director, Corpus Christi (Texas) Independent School District • Samantha Ingram, Child Nutrition Manager, Samson Elementary, Geneva County Schools, Samson, Ala. • Suellen Smith, Cafeteria Manager, Zephyrhills High School, Pasco County Schools, Zephyrhills, Fla. Their collective achievements are impressive. A very brief look reveals that Burkhardt secures grants to provide biometric screenings, flu shots and health assessments for all district staff. He also volunteers for a community-based organization that provides food, clothing, personal care and household items to low-income families. Hearn is a coach and cheerleader for the Special Olympics and has taken her team to the national competition three times. She also serves on the board of a private school that teaches life skills to special needs children. Houston is a mentor to at-risk students and manages an employee wellness program that promotes good nutrition and increased exercise. Ingram works to raise awareness of childhood cancer and build support for the Ronald McDonald House. She also manages the Blessings in a Bag program that ensures students have snacks over the weekend. Smith maintains a donation closet stocked with outfits students can wear to the prom, homecoming or graduation. She also serves as a life coach and mentor to many of her teen customers. These deserving individuals will be recognized at SNF’s third annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes on Monday, February 29, 2016, during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C. The event is made possible with the generous support of several school nutrition vendors, including Premier Sponsor AdvancePierre Foods. Will you be attending LAC this year? Gather with your colleagues to honor these five extraordinary school nutrition professionals and celebrate their contributions and those made by operators from all corners of the country! Advanced registration is required, so visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNHeroesCelebration to secure a ticket for an evening to remember. STEPS Challenge Spread Love With STEPS Your SNA STEPS Challenge program is all about feeling better! When you set a goal of living a healthier lifestyle, everything you do toward achieving that goal is positive momentum in the right direction. It’s a loving thing you can do for yourself. In honor of Valentine’s Day, February’s STEPS challenge invites you to spread good feelings all around you. Do something nice for someone you barely know or a cherished love one! Offer a compliment to the checkout clerk, call an old friend, write a card praising a co-worker or cook dinner for your spouse. When you do nice things for others, you feel better about yourself! A spirit of positivity multiples! You’ll earn 10 points for every act of kindness or friendly gesture you accomplish in February. Use the downloadable tracking sheet to tally your points in the monthly calendar; when you earn 50 points, you can submit your points online to be entered in the prize drawing. Spread some love in February (or throughout the year!) and see just how good it makes you feel. For more information on the STEPS Challenge, made possible with the support of Jennie-O Turkey Store, navigate to www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS. SNA Meetings & Events FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1, 2016 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 7-11, 2016 National School Breakfast Week APRIL 21-23, 2016 National Leadership Conference Minneapolis MAY 6, 2016 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 10-13, 2016 Annual National Conference San Antonio, Texas OCTOBER 10-14, 2016 National School Lunch Week JANUARY 20-24, 2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference Orlando, Fla. Research Display Your SN Know-How Have you launched an innovative nutrition education program? Perhaps you’ve found success in a unique marketing initiative or conducted research that revealed surprising results about school meals and operations. If so, then it’s time to show off these achievements as part of the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase display held during SNA’s 2016 Annual National Conference (ANC), July 10-13, in San Antonio, Texas. Each year, this informative display features colorful summaries and descriptions of notable school nutrition best practices and research projects. From menu changes to customer service techniques to efficient food safety practices and much more, Showcase “posters” are a great resource of successful ideas at work in this business. The call for posters is open to anyone interested in presenting a display at ANC 2016 in San Antonio this summer. For more information or to submit your proposal, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc before the March 18, 2016 deadline. Don’t Forget to Vote! SNA Election, February 15–29, 2016 www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection Vice President • Gay Anderson, SNS, Brandon, South Dakota • Linda Eichenberger, SNS, Cincinnati, Ohio Secretary/Treasurer • Debbi Beauvais, SNS, Rochester, New York • Cleta Long, Ed.D., SNS, Macon, Georgia Northeast Regional Director • Gail Koutroubas, Andover, Massachusetts • Curtistine Walker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Northwest Regional Director • Lynne Shore, Willamina, Oregon • Kaye Wetli, SNS, Duvall, Washington At Large Directors • Lori Adkins, SNS, Waterford, Michigan • Mark Bordeau, Endicott, New York • Lilly Bouie, PhD, Little Rock, Arkansas • Ariane Maori Shanley, Port Orchard, Washington School Nutrition Employee/ Manager Representative • Delene Coates, Gunnison, Utah • Donna Myers, Saint Cloud, Florida Leadership Development Committee Candidates Mideast Region Representative • Karen Bissett, Oxford, Michigan Midwest Region Representative • Mary Betlach, Robbinsdale, Minnesota • Micheline Piekarski, SNS, Oak Park, Illinois Southeast Region Representative • June Barrett, SNS, Montgomery, Alabama • Linda Irby, SNS, Hampton, Virginia West Region Representative • Robert Lewis, PhD, SNS El Monte, California • Sarah “Sally” Spero, SNS Lakeside, California
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