Celebrating National School Lunch Week With Flair
Bossier Schools’ Child Nutrition department encouraged students and faculty across the parish to “Get In the Game With School Lunch” the week of October 14-17, in conjunction with National School Lunch Week.
Created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, National School Lunch Week is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program.
Child Nutrition Supervisor Sha Kirkendoll and her staff began the celebration by dressing in team jerseys to coincide with the theme, “Get In the Game With School Lunch.” School mascots were also on hand and nutrition facts were included inside balloons that were released during the kick-off event.
The next day, dignitaries and media were invited to ditch the brown bag and enjoy lunch at W.T. Lewis Elementary. Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen and Assistant Superintendent Tom Daniel dined on steak fingers and potatoes, as well as School Board members Frank Kelly, Mike Mosura and Tammy Smith. Senator Barrow Peacock also came for lunch and chatted with Principal Lisa Burns and Assistant Principal Jody Kaiser.
Making the meal especially enjoyable was the entertainment. Students used fruits and veggies to create crazy hats. One hat even had lights around it while another was fashioned from fresh peppers and turnip greens. As an added touch, that student sprayed her ponytail green to match the leafy greens in her hair.
The purpose of National School Lunch Week is to encourage kids to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity. Today’s lunches reflect the emphasis on healthful eating. At breakfast, at least one fruit is served and at lunch, a fruit and a vegetable.
So, get in the game with school lunch!
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