By Shannon N. Goff 2017-03-01 22:13:56
SN’s most sociable team member visits school operations and famous locations for the third straight year. The School Nutrition team could not be more thrilled with the results of the third annual “Where’s Ruby Roaming?” contest. Ruby Reader set out on her grand adventure last November, and she managed to not only visit district offices, schools and individual homes, but even a few theme parks, famous landmarks and international film locations! She also lent a hand to some SNA members in their charitable, political and academic pursuits with food drives, lobbying efforts and professional standards training. It was Ruby’s busiest winter, yet! While the photos featured in these pages are only a fraction of all of the wonderful submissions SN received and enjoyed, they are a great representation of Ruby’s 2016-17 adventures. To view even more images of her in action, please browse the collection at www.schoolnutrition.org/snmagazine/wheresrubyroaming. Both Ruby and the entire SN team are grateful to have such enthusiastic and playful readers; a heartfelt thank-you to all who participated and congratulations to this year’s 15 contest winners (see page 24)! SCHOOLHOUSE STOPOVERS A Kicking things off with her more traditional meet-and-greets, Ruby moseyed on down the coast where Sharron Saunders, cafeteria manager, Troutman Elementary, Iredell-Statesville (N.C.) County Schools, had a ton of fun showing her how they celebrate National School Milk Day—reverse cow spots and all! Ruby was also placed in the dining room for an engaging “Where’s Ruby?” game with students at breakfast. B Director of Food Services for Casa Grande (Ariz.) Elementary School District Germaine Davenport, SNS, gave Ruby a tour of all facets of a school nutrition operation. She helped out team members Alicia in accounting, checked on a pot of “good stuff” with Emma, oversaw production with Diana (not pictured), gave her opinion on marketing ideas and pointed out daily meal options with Liliana. C Always the humanitarian, Ruby Reader took advantage of a brief “growth spurt” to help Debbie Ferrara and Sherry Firmin collect food items for a Thanksgiving Community Food Drive at Abita Springs Middle School, St. Tammany Parish (La.) Public Schools. D Ruby Reader also brushed up on school nutrition tips and training while she was on her national expedition. Kristin Taylor, CNP manager, Albertville City (Ala.) Schools, took Ruby to her department’s Professional Development Day where they discussed behavior marketing techniques. E School Nutrition Director Johnetta Lofton of Northampton (N.C.) County Schools attended the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute, where she and Ruby learned helpful tools at the Administrator Workshop, presented as part of the state’s Smarter Meals, Successful Students initiative. F School Nutrition Field Manager for Lynchburg City (Va.) Schools & Public Policy & Legislation Chair for SNA-VA Toni Hill (right) ensured Ruby was educated outside of the foodservice curriculum. They both participated in the annual Lobby Day at the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va. Ruby and Hill brushed up on legislative advocacy priorities and met First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe (left), along with several other state legislators. G Ruby meets kids of all ages during each annual excursion— including some who aren’t even in elementary school, yet! Julie Peterson, SNS, food service area supervisor for Poway (Calif.) Unified School District, introduced her to David, a pre-schooler who came for a visit. H Children from a local Head Start program got to romp around with Ruby, thanks to Vickie Coffey, nutrition services/healthy schools director, Richland-Bean Blossom (Ind.) Community Schools. I Ruby made time to cook up some beets—er, beats, too! Here she is touring the music room at Penn London (Pa.) Elementary School. SN’s beloved mascot has roamed her way into the hearts of many readers since her 2013 debut. Join her this summer when she gets back to her roots in the 2017 “What’s Ruby Reading?” contest. HEARTWARMING WORDS The magazine team loves hearing what our readers get out of their favorite professional publication and how SN helps them in their day-to-day efforts to feed kids and grow their operations. We welcome feedback all year, of course, but really value the comments and insights that come as part of the Roaming Ruby contest requirements. Below are just a few excerpts from the trove of treasured comments we received this year. Thank you for your generous reflections! Patricia Fay Shannon, Child Nutrition Secretary, Limestone County Schools, Alabama The monthly magazine is packed so full of great articles, it is hard to choose one certain thing. It provides new and exciting ideas for menus, information coming down from both USDA and state agencies. Just a wonderful tool for anyone who loves to feed the children of this great nation! Wendi Smith, Operations Specialist, School Nutrition Services, Appoquinimink School District, Delaware I look forward to reading my SN magazine every month! There is always something between the covers that I am able to use either right away, or put into my bag of tricks to share later. Whether it is time management, motivating people or simply food safety, SN magazine helps me help others to be the best school nutrition workers they can be. Shirley Williams, Assistant Manager, River Road Middle School, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Schools, North Carolina Over the years, I have enjoyed reading School Nutrition each month. It is a great way to earn my continuing education units (CEUs). The layout of the magazine is designed so any age group can read and understand why it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Patty Moore, Child Nutrition Director, Pocahontas Public Schools, Arkansas I find reading School Nutrition interesting, entertaining and helpful in so many ways. With such a variety of subjects, one can always find something they can directly relate to. There’s so much knowledge to be gleaned from this magazine. From childhood issues, new foods, legislative updates, nutrition facts, there’s never a lack of potential training offered. Keep bringing it, School Nutrition! Angela Newman, FN Employee, Unified School District 446, Independence, Kansas The reason I like to read SN is because I came into this job with little to no understanding of how a school kitchen works. SNA and the magazine have helped me understand that what I do is important to kids. This past year, I have grown as a person and as a worker who truly understands the kitchen. Julie Peterson, SNS, Food Service Area Supervisor, Poway Unified School District, California I love to read School Nutrition and look forward to it every month. It makes me excited to see what other districts are doing for kids and I enjoy the Food Focus section and all the great recipes! I also take advantage of the “To Your Credit” tests that the magazine offers, as it helps me maintain my continuing education units (CEUs). I often share articles with my employees and include many of the topics in the professional growth opportunities I provide for staff. EXPANDING HORIZONS J Ruby has work-life balance and knows it’s important to prioritize charitable activities, cultivate new interests and explore exciting destinations. Our civic-minded mascot cast her vote in the 2016 presidential election. Since it isn’t legal to take pictures inside the voting booth in Tennessee, Vonda Bradford, SNP administrative assistant, Franklin County School District, found another way to document the auspicious occasion. K Ruby left Tennessee by way of a flight to Florida with Kathie McClanahan, SNS, school nutrition director, Humphreys County (Tenn.) School District. McClanahan even let Ruby tag along on a family trip to Disney World with the grandkids. L Jade, one of our younger fans, took Ruby on a motorcycle ride through Clark County, Nevada. We hope Yvette Kagan, central kitchen manager II, Clark County (Nev.) School District put a little helmet over Ruby’s chef’s hat after snapping this photo! M Even if you’re not a Green Bay Packers fan, you have to admire Ruby’s view of Wisconsin’s Lambeau Field. Elise Allen, kitchen manager, Craig High School, School District of Janesville, is determined to make Ruby into a super-fan, outfitting her with a custom cheese-head and Green Bay scarf. Allen took this photo from her tour of the stadium where Ruby snagged some cutout-to-cutout time with QB Aaron Rodgers. N Ruby whipped out her passport for some intercontinental travel, accompanying SNA’s Web Specialist Patricia Alatrista on a visit to Peru in December! Alatrista’s daughters took Ruby to Valle Sagrado and treated her to some local comida. Then, she scored a visit to beautiful Machu Picchu. O Oneka (Minn.) Elementary’s Debra Vaughn, foodservice manager, invited our jet-setting mascot to join her and her husband on a dream trip to Iceland, where Ruby was able to enjoy multiple waterfalls, the magnificent Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the majestic mountain from the Ben Stiller movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The trio also explored locations used in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” where Ruby could not resist a selfie with their costumed tour guide. P Food Service Director Linda Eichenberger, SNS, of Oak Hills (Ohio) Local School District got Ruby moving for an energetic tour of Cincinnati during a 7K run. (Nice medal, Ruby!) Then the pair jetted off to Europe, where they toured Germany and Austria, exploring the 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Fortress, featuring a stone kitchen that had Ruby pondering what it would be like to prep a large quantity of meals under those conditions. Linda reassured us that “our Ruby is very creative and resourceful, so she [would] manage it without too much thought or equipment!” 2017 WINNERS CIRCLE $100 Visa Gift Card Winners » Elise Allen, Janesville, Wisconsin » Germaine Davenport, SNS, Casa Grande, Arizona » Toni Hill, Lynchburg, Virginia » Marianne Petrison, West Grove, Pennsylvania » Debra Vaughn, White Bear Township, Minnesota $50 SNA Emporium Gift Card Winners » Myra Akridge, Cairo, Georgia » Sharon Bridges, Albertville, Alabama » Rebecca Carroll, Cairo, Georgia » Linda Eichenberger, SNS, Cincinnati, Ohio » Debbie Ferrara, Abita Springs, Louisiana » Johnetta Lofton, Jackson, North Carolina » Kathie McClanahan, SNS, Waverly, Tennessee » Julie Peterson, SNS, Poway, California » Patti Roads, Hildreth, Nebraska » Shirley Williams, Elizabeth City, North Carolina Shannon Goff is advertising and production associate for School Nutrition.
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