Caroline County Public Schools is happy to announce that the Caroline School Nutrition Program was selected as an award winner in the seventh annual Food for Thought Competition, a competition between Virginia’s school divisions to showcase their programs that combat childhood hunger, provide healthy school meals, and encourage wellness and physical activity.
The Division was selected for their entry in the Healthy School Meals category. The entry highlighted the new digital menu/messaging system which was implemented this year.
“The new Digital Menu / Messaging System was developed in conjunction with our IT department and our partners at NutriSlice – with feedback from our customers – the students”, stated Keith Conner, who oversees the Division’s School Nutrition Program. He further stated “the Department had previously worked with NutriSlice to offer a mobile app for parents, staff and students which provided them easy to access nutritional details about our menu. With the success of that roll out we decided to expand our efforts with an additional focus on the nutritional education side. The electronic menu display boards allow us to present nutritional information, interesting fun facts, as well as the daily menu, in a format well received by the students”.
For more information about this and other exciting programs being rolled out in Caroline, please visit the CCPS website.
We are excited to expand our Digital Menu/Messaging System to Lewis & Clark Elementary School. We currently have this system in three of our six locations. We plan to have this system implemented in all locations by the start of the new school year.
This digital signage is an expansion of our partnership with Nutrislice. Nutrislice provides mobile app and web based access of our menus and nutritional information.
We are excited to introduce Penelope. She is the new mascot for CCPS Nutrition Services Department. As part of our Ag Day celebration Penelope visited schools to be introduced to students and staff.
Our department donated the book “These Bees Count!” by Alison Formento to each school library. Several Agriculture students from Caroline High School visited our elementary schools to read this book to students.
Today marks the beginning of National School Breakfast Week. Schools are celebrating the “I Heart School Breakfast” theme in various ways. A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education possible!
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and celebrated annually in March . The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This years theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages everyone to realize the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges everyone to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources will help you “Go Further with Food”, while saving both nutrients and money.
For handouts and tipsheets click here to visit eatright.org.
Caroline County Public School’s Strategic Plan, Pathways 2022, was rolled out this school year. The Strategic Plan includes a goal for school and community relationships which fosters the involvement of families in the education of their students.
CCPS launched “October Outreach: Project 22″; an initiative designed to highlight ways the schools and community can work together. As a tie in to this initiative, we encouraged our students to eat 22 fruits and vegetables in October. We were excited by the level of participation; one location received over 200 responses.
For more information about Pathways 2022 and October Outreach: Project 22 visit the links listed below.