SYLACAUGA -- The United States Department of Agriculture has recognized Sylacauga City Schools with a Best Practice Award of Achievement, according to a press release.
The USDA award was presented in the field of increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. It recognized the Child Nutrition Department’s ongoing work with a USDA grant by introducing elementary children to the wide variety of fresh produce items grown by farmers across the nation.
Along with serving fresh produce items every week, Kelley Wassermann, Child Nutrition director, created the character of Chef Lucy to teach nutrition education to elementary children.
Sylacauga City Schools has received the USDA grant every year since the program began 10 years ago.
“Today’s ninth-graders had the Fruity Valley and Pinecrest Orchard programs every week all during their elementary years,” Wassermann said, in the release. “It is exciting to see the students choose to make healthy choices in what they eat. That is what the Child Nutrition Program is all about -- feeding hungry kids and teaching them about healthy choices for a healthy life.”