You know the saying, “The early bird catches the worm.” Well, at SNA we have another saying…”The early bird catches the discount!” In order to help you save big on your ANC 2011 registration, you have just two days left to take advantage of the early bird rate! After this Friday, April 15, 2011, the cost of registration will go up!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably taken notice that the theme for this summer’s conference is “Connect in Nashville.” This theme was chosen to highlight the fact that ANC is all about connecting and staying connected to the ideas, information and knowledge you need to achieve school nutrition excellence. To emphasize this theme, SNA has been asking members to share how they connect with key stakeholders like students, parents, teachers and administrators, as well as how they get feedback to strengthen your program and meet their needs. If you haven’t already shared your thoughts with SNA, do so now so that you can be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three (3) free ANC 2011 Nashville registrations.*
Ideas for how you connect with key stakeholders include might pertain to customer service, taste tests, menu marketing, satisfaction surveys, social media and technology—just to name a few. To enter to win today, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ancsweeps. The sweepstakes closes on April 30, 2011.
(*Prize includes one (1) annual conference registration fee only and does not include land transportation, airfare, meals, hotel accommodation or any other expenses. No purchase necessary. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ancsweeps for complete rules and regulations.)
Your district, like many others, is likely looking for ways to reduce costs and to ensure that the money it spends to meet students’ needs goes as far as possible. But professional development is important, too, and this year’s ANC in Nashville is designed to connect you to the skills, strategies and solutions you need to energize your program, entice your students and enhance your career.
So, why not ask your supervisor to send you to ANC to ensure that you’ll gain valuable ideas and suggestions to bring back to your district? Tracks in operations, nutrition, administration and communications and marketing, as well as sessions on other key topics, such as the HealthierUS School Challenge, USDA Foods and food allergies, will provide you with cost-effective essential training and knowledge that also can be used back home. And if you’re looking to become SNA Level I certified, the “Nutrition 101” and “Food Safety & Sanitation” core courses offered as pre-conference sessions will give you a convenient way to meet your requirements. If you’re already certified and looking to move up a level, ANC provides Key Area Hours for the Education Program.
The sample below (see Related Links) is a template for a letter you might consider submitting to your supervisor to let him/her know about how important it is that you attend ANC Nashville. As school nutrition professionals work together to provide healthy yet affordable meal options for all students and as school meals face scrutiny from those who do not understand the full scope of the school nutrition profession, training and professional development remain as important as ever. Feel free to tailor the information as suggested to your and your district’s own needs.
If your letter to your supervisor convinces him/her of the value of ANC and you plan to be in attendance in Nashville, let us know in the comments!
ANC 2011 Supervisor Letter (doc)
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