Banks County students are shown bagging carrots for Feed My School Week.

The Banks County School System Nutrition Department has received a Silver Golden Radish Award.

The Golden Radish Award is given to local educational agencies in Georgia who are doing extraordinary work in farm to school.

“School nutrition is not an ‘extra’ –it’s part of offering a well-rounded education to students. Kids who have access to fresh, healthy, locally grown foods are better equipped to learn,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said.

Banks County received the award for the following initiatives:

•Students in fourth grade grew varieties of lettuce during the spring, which were taste-tested by students in grades third through fifth during Feed My School Week. Other special events were held during Feed My School Week.

•Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers read books to students purchased through school nutrition which shared farm to school concepts and nutrition education.

•Local farmers were invited to share their occupations during a farm day for kindergarten through second grade. Local business owners and farmers also shared their careers with the students during Farm/Ag Career Day.

The award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Public Health, the UGA Cooperative Extension, the Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics.

"School gardens and farm to school programs encompass all the program areas we serve in UGA Extension —agriculture and natural resources; family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth," said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Cooperative Extension. "When Georgians approach programming and education in an integrated, multi-disciplinary way –it changes lives and helps to create a healthier, more prosperous Georgia. Each successful farm to school program contributes to positive, holistic change across the state, and we are delighted to be a partner in this impactful endeavor.


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