During his visit, Deputy Director of Special Nutrition Programs Steve Hortin will also present the school with a Gold Award for Distinction, the highest of four levels of superior performance in the HUSSC initiative.
The HUSSC serves as a voluntary national certification program initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. To achieve certification, schools must be creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.
The award and HUSSC certification, sponsored by the department’s Food and Nutrition Services, also comes with a $2,000 incentive awarded to the school.
“Lincoln Elementary School has made national news by working to support and improve the health of our children and our community,” Talladega County Schools Child Nutrition Program Coordinator Vanessa Scott said. “As part of the school efforts, healthy items are featured on the lunch menus and physical education and activity are emphasized throughout the school environment.”
According to Scott, staff and students learned the school received the honor in early May, but it was too close to the end of the school year to celebrate the honor. The school joins all other elementary schools in the school system that have already been recognized for their compliance in the HUSSC.
“The future goal is to continue the process for HUSSC certification of the middle and high schools in Talladega County Schools,” Scott said.
Talladega County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Lacey commended the efforts of the school and its staff.
“The child nutrition staff in Talladega County Schools is a dedicated group of individuals who play an essential role in the learning process,” Lacey said. “The meals they prepare and serve each and every day help our students be healthy and better prepared for the school day. I am so proud of the work of the staff at Lincoln Elementary in meeting the requirements for the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge.”
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