Should we credit the crazy extremes in winter temperatures for this brand of school cafeteria silliness? Who cares? We simply love that Debbie Reynolds, child nutrition director Haileyville (Okla.) Public Schools, shared it on social media. Let the Countdown Commence There’s always something to celebrate in school cafeterias, right? In January, many districts across the nation observed the 100th day of school. Here’s a look at how cafeteria teams in Barrow County (Ga.) School System, Booneville (Miss.) School District, Carrollton City (Ga.) Schools and Forsyth (Ga.) School District showed their spirit for this annual milestone! Many school cafeterias organize Harvest of the Month promotions, but we were particularly impressed by the scope of the campaign in Carrollton City (Ga.) Schools. January featured a focus on carrots, which was buoyed by social media posts, stock art images, newsletter articles, children’s book suggestions and more. Bugs Bunny would be pleased! MIX IT UP School Nutrition is always delighted when K-12 operators share bright ideas and helpful resources with one another. The School Nutrition Professionals Facebook discussion group is quickly becoming a terrific go-to vehicle for this type of exchange. Take the photo (top, right) of a well-used reference for creating different seasoning mixes for specific flavor profiles. This posting was received with great enthusiasm—and was followed by other posts identifying the original source, a 2009 Institute of Child Nutrition training hand-out (bottom,left). Check out the whole 28-page resource at http://tinyurl.com/ICN-Spice Chart-SNMag. (Note: You may need to request an invite to join the closed discussion group.) Go Ahead, Brag a Little! School Nutrition loves, loves, loves the #shareyourinnovation challenge, developed by a few members of SNA’s Young Professionals Task Force. Participating in the campaign is easy! Simply create a short video, photo or slide show that highlights one innovation in your cafeteria. Post it on social media channels with the hashtag #shareyourinnovation. Then, challenge up to three other school nutrition professionals to do the same—and/or make a donation to the School Nutrition Foundation. Remember to include these on your timelines, so your community sees your amazing work! At press time, we learned about a food pantry grant in West Virginia, mobile feeding buses in Kentucky and Ohio, a greenhouse partnership in New Hampshire, cafeteria upgrades in multiple districts, “Fun Friday” breakfasts in Maine, video-based recruitment in Virginia, a non-NSLP lunch line in New Hampshire and more! We hope to see a lot more great ideas at work in the coming weeks.
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