City schools receives multiple nutrition awards

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 02:40 PM

Thomasville City Schools ' child nutrition department had a banner day at an awards ceremony in Raleigh last week.

All four city schools received national and state recognition for child nutrition at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's annual awards ceremony held at the Research Triangle Sheraton Hotel in Raleigh on Oct. 25. The TCS child nutrition department was honored for its work in promoting a healthy diet, providing nutritious foods to students and meeting strict and ever-changing federal guidelines.

"We're just tickled to pieces," said Brenda Watford, TCS' child nutrition director. "We're just so happy to be recognized for what we try to do for the students of Thomasville City Schools. They mean the world to us and we want to keep them healthy so they can live a long, happy life."

Liberty Drive Elementary and Thomasville Middle School received gold awards in the HealthierUS School Challenge, a USDA initiative that recognizes schools for promoting nutrition and physical activity. LDE and TMS were two of only 20 schools in North Carolina to receive a gold award. Thomasville High School and Thomasville Primary School received silver awards in a challenge that requires schools to submit applications documenting nearly every aspect of child nutrition, including nutritional guidelines, menus and physical education.

"It was a good day for our school system and our child nutrition folks," TCS Superintendent Keith Tobin said. "It feels good to have folks recognized for the good job they're doing. Our child nutrition department is doing a tremendous job taking care of our children and making sure they're fed and have a good nutritious meal every day."

TPS and TMS also became just two of 24 schools in the country to be awarded Best Practice Awards for customer service by the USDA. TMS' Becky Moore was recognized for her "Junk Food Junkie" initiative that taught students the difference between healthy and non-healthy snacks. Janet Willingham from TMS received the customer service award for always taking the extra effort to make meals healthy for students.

"We try our best to do what's best for our children," said Watford. "We're glad to do it. I've got a great staff and they take every challenge and make it a success. To receive two best practice awards for child nutrition and customer service and there were only 24 in the nation and we got two of them, we were real tickled with that."

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.