Holidays 2016 Edition BEST SECRET SANTAS Our heart swells larger than the enlightened Grinch’s with numerous reports of donors, many who wished to remain anonymous, who sent checks to pay off negative lunch account balances. Here’s a small sampling from across the country. »»» “An amazing thing happened today at our high school. A local business man walked into the manager’s office and gave her $300 to pay off lunch accounts of needy students. What a blessing.”—Ponca City Schools, Oklahoma »»» “We had a Secret Santa come to pay off student lunch accounts.”— Camdenton Schools, Missouri »»» “Their generosity has made it possible for us to continue to nourish our students and give them the opportunity to succeed.”—Greeley-Evans District 6, Colorado »»» [We were] flooded with calls from people wanting to help. This was not something the district started on its own, but rather because of people who wanted to help.”—St. Paul Public Schools, Minnesota BRAVEST HOLIDAY SPIRIT Chris Burkhardt, Liberty Township, Ohio. (He attended district meetings in that dress suit!) FAVORITE SEASONAL PUN Elysian Fields High School Marshall, Texas BEST HOLIDAY HAIR & NAILS Donald P. Yates Primary, Cleveland, Tenn. Carol Weekly, Queen’s Creek, Ariz. BEST HOLIDAY SPIRIT FAVORITE SNA HQ TEAM-BUILDING ACTIVITY Holiday Ruby Reader! BEST HOLIDAY BAKER Jason Smith, Isonville Elementary School, Grayson Kentucky, winner, Holiday Baking Championship, Season 3, Food Network (Look for an exclusive interview with Smith on www.schoolnutrition.org and in a future issue of SN!) My wife has worked in school nutrition for many years. I think she really deserves some recognition for her “above and beyond” work ethics—not because she is my best friend and wife for 44 years, but because she genuinely cares for the children and is very good at what she does. Many, many days she comes home and basically just collapses from fatigue. They feed a lot of children in a very short period of time, with much less-than-adequate help. I would truly love to see her get some type of real recognition for her heartfelt efforts. Her name is Carolyn Dowdy, Clarksville Montgomery County School System in Tennessee. Thank you for listening. Sincerely, William Dowdy
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