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Nutrition Department recognized for 'farm to school' effort

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.

Banks County Rotary Club seeks donations of peanut butter at collection events

The Banks County Rotary Club is setting up temporary collection stations this week to collect donations of jars of peanut butter from the public. In response to ‘Hunger Action Month,’ the local Rotary Club is going all out to obtain collections of peanut butter for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. This will indirectly benefit the ‘Food 2 Kids’ program that the Rotary Club sponsors in the Banks County School System. Rotary volunteers will be set up at three different collection events this week.

Events will be held on:

•Thursday, Sept. 19, at Wal-Mart/Banks Crossing from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

•Friday, Sept. 20, at Banks County High School Football Stadium/main gate from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

•Saturday, Sept. 21, at Wal-Mart/Banks Crossing from 8 to 11 a.m.

For more information, contact Mark Valentine, Rotary president at 706-335-3354 or via email at mark.valentine@tangeroutlets.com or Alicia Andrews, Rotary Youth Services chair at 706-335-4866 or by email at alicia@bankscountyga.info.

“Banks County Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges,” leaders state. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and regions, all working toward fulfilling their motto of “Service Above Self.” Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.”

For more information, visit Rotary.org.

The Banks County Rotary Club was originally chartered in November 2009 and currently includes 20 members.

The primary club project and initiative is the Food-2-Kids Program in the Banks County Schools.

The club meets every Wednesday at noon in the Comfort Suites/Banks Crossing.

For more information about the club visit the Banks County Rotary Club page on Facebook at fb.me/BanksRotary.

World War II veteran Thomas Caudell was grand marshal in the recent Homer Festival held Labor Day weekend.

Last day to register to vote in town election is Oct. 7

The last day to register to vote in the November town election in Maysville is Oct. 7. Advance voting will start on Oct. 14.

The city election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The incumbent mayor and Ward 2 councilman in Maysville will be facing opposition on the Nov. 5 ballot.

In the mayor’s race, incumbent Richard Presley will face Lynn Villyard.

In the Ward 2 city council seat, incumbent Junior Hardy and Susan Cooley will be on the ballot.

In Ward 4, incumbent Scott Harper was the only one to qualify.