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Three School Nutrition Professionals Recognized for Extraordinary Achievements at ANC
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Kansas City, MO (July 14, 2013) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) recognized three of its own today at the 67th Annual National Conference, in Kansas City, MO. In addition to state and regional award winners, three SNA members received national recognition for their superior accomplishments in the school nutrition arena:
The National Louise Sublette Award of Excellence in School Nutrition was awarded to Beth Freeman, Cafeteria Manager for C. Milton High School in Harford County Public Schools, MD. Realizing that most students ride the bus to school and arrive with only 20 minutes to spare before the first period begins, Freeman revamped her breakfast program to center around speed. She added a "Grab & Go" line to make sure students were not missing breakfast because of time constraints. Then to generate “buzz” about the revamped program, Freeman offered sample tastings and implemented a "Red Carpet Academy Award" theme for breakfast, complete with costumes, decorations and fun games like "guess the movie quote." Freeman’s efforts significantly increased her school’s breakfast participation.
The 2013 National Outstanding Director of the Year is Angela Haney, SNS, Director of Student Nutrition from Los Lunas Schools in Los Lunas, NM. Angela Haney has dedicated her career to improving the health and well-being of her entire community. Within Los Lunas Schools, she added 15 sites for Summer Feeding programs, expanded the After School Snack program, and developed and helped pass Breakfast After the Bell legislation that allows breakfast to be served in the classroom during instructional time to ensure that every single student has access to breakfast. She also ensures that her staff has every opportunity to learn more about their craft and advance their skill set. Within the larger community, Angela is an avid supporter of farm-to-school initiatives to support local farmers and serves on the governor’s Child Hunger Task Force.
This year’s National Heart of the Program Award goes to Dawn Lehmann of Seckman Middle School in Imperial, MO. Lehmann embodies the passion and commitment of school nutrition professionals. Dawn regularly volunteers her time to assist nighttime events at her school - from Chili Suppers and Trivia Night to community events to raise money for worthy causes. Recognizing that many students and families in her community don’t know the fundamentals of cooking, Dawn joined a colleague in creating a class designed to teach the art and love of cooking and promote a healthier way of eating. On Thursdays after wrapping up her work in the school kitchen, Dawn heads to the elementary school to teach the two hour class for 4th-6th graders.
About the School Nutrition Association: The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information about ANC, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.
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