All Long County schools participated in National School Lunch Week, which took place Oct. 14-17.
This year’s theme was “Get in the Game with School Lunch.” Activities that took place during the celebration included a door-decorating contest with the pre-K kids, a poster contest at Smiley Elementary School and prize raffles at Walker Elementary and Long Middle schools.
In addition, the schools had kid-themed meals each day. Some of these meals included touchdown chicken chunks, honey-wheat-roll machine, halftime green beans, fastball side chicken, and kick-in cheesy ranch potatoes.
Several guests participated in the week, including Long County Commission Chairman Robert Long, Board of Education Chairwoman Janet Watford, Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters, Ludowici City Clerk Tina Skipper and Ludowici Mayor James Fuller.
“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less fat and sodium. National School Lunch Week is the perfect time to celebrate all of the healthy options we’re serving every day in the Long County schools,” Long County School Nutrition Director Stephanie Fox said.
Fox said that the federally funded school-lunch program provides healthy meals to students every day and has been providing this service for over 60 years. She said research shows that students who eat these meals have higher test scores and lower absenteeism.
For more information on the Long County school-lunch program, call Fox at 545-7819 or go to longcountyps.com and click on “Nutrition Services.”