WORLD SMILE DAY October 6, 2017 School Nutrition teams in Tennessee’s Campbell County and Morgan County greet October with a grin. DID YOU KNOW? SN recently discovered that the American Girl® toy conglomerate marketed a “Hot Lunch Tray” accessory kit that features the components of a healthy, reimbursable school meal! The kit debuted in 2015 and, according to some web sources, was discontinued this year. (We hope it wasn’t because of the announced flexibility for grains and sodium!) The version pictured here can be found through a browser search, but a different version is available at the American Girl online shopping store. Consider adding it to your holiday shopping list! LUNCHROOM LEGACY Response to a fundraiser established in the memory of a St. Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services supervisor has exceeded all expectations, raising nearly $100,000 (at press time) to erase school lunch debt in the district. Philando Castile, who was killed in 2016 by a police officer during a traffic stop, had built a reputation for often purchasing lunch meals for many students at J.J. Hill Montessori when their families couldn’t afford to pay the bill. Castile was an SNA member. The Philando Feeds the Children fund is posted on the YouCaring crowd-funding website. The initial goal was to raise $5,000 to eradicate school lunch debt for students at J.J. Hill. But by mid-October, donations had raised enough to clear a year’s worth of student lunch debt across the St. Paul school district! According to media coverage, the fundraiser’s organizer, Pam Fergus, said, “Kids gotta eat every semester. We are set to help pay off lunch debt this school year, but will keep asking for donations and sharing of this site, because we plan to always find a way to help!” NO Tricks. ALL Treats! Cafeteria creativity is on display in California, New Hampshire, Utah and Texas for Halloween 2017. Hashtags for everyone! Here’s one of our new favorites in Knox County (Tenn.) Schools. The school nutrition team at Arizona’s Humboldt Unified School District shared this student’s artwork on Facebook, with the following caption: “This is one of the reasons we do what we do.” SN shares that sentiment, too, and sends cyberhugs to Lillian and the cafeteria ladies who hold her hand. This Colorado double-district art contest for National Bullying Prevention Month may not be exclusively sponsored by their school nutrition services departments, but we love that these teams have actively promoted the campaign, especially since many bullying incidents take place in school cafeterias. We hope there were many submissions by the October 31 deadline, look forward to seeing the results posted on social media and hope that inclusion of this initiative in the magazine will inspire many other schools and districts to coordinate similar activities in 2018. Way to go, Weld RE-4 School District and Greeley-Evans School District 6! On the Teen Scene Secondary students are remarkably proficient at resisting attempts to engage their interest and participation. Kudos to the creators of this clever bulletin board display for finding a way to break through at Elysian Fields (Texas) Independent School District High School/Middle School. Students must have a “happy plate” to have their picture taken and added to the display. School Nutrition in the Spotlight School Nutrition extends congratulations to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for celebrating its centennial anniversary at the organization’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE® 2018) last month in Chicago. The school nutrition segment was particularly well-represented by two SNA members: Academy President Donna S. Martin, EdS, LD, RDN, SNS, and 2017 Lenna Frances Cooper Lecturer Dayle Hayes, RD. Martin is the first school nutrition director elected to lead the Academy and Hayes, a frequent contributor to this publication, is widely recognized as the profession’s “head cheerleader” on social media. A video in three parts of Hayes’ lecture, “Through the Eyes and Taste Buds of Our Children: School Food and Nutrition Past, Present and Future,” with an introduction by Martin and featuring schools from all 50 states, is available on the School Meals That Rock Facebook page. Look for a special #NSLW17 Photo Round-up in SN’s December issue!
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