Weekly roundup: Fullerton summer meal program earns national recognition, OC Classified School Employees of the Year named, and more

Fullerton School District staff help students prepare for a food art lesson at Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts in May 2023. (Courtesy of Fullerton School District)
Fullerton School District staff help students prepare ingredients for a food art lesson at Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts in May 2023. (Courtesy of Fullerton School District)

Throughout the year, school nutrition services teams work to ensure students receive free, healthy and appetizing meals to help them thrive even when school is not in session.

During National Nutrition Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the Fullerton School District alongside 12 other school districts in California for making extraordinary efforts to serve students high-quality meals during the 2023 summer months.

A total of 140 school districts, government agencies and nonprofits across the U.S. received the Turnip the Beet award for addressing food insecurity and supporting good nutrition in their communities.

According to the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services, this year’s honorees were selected for the creativity displayed in their summer meal programs, whether engaging students in nutrition education during mealtime or teaching them how to plant the fruits and vegetables that later made their way to their plates.

The Fullerton School District was joined in the gold category by other education agencies in California including the Goleta Union School District, the Ontario-Montclair School District and the Santa Cruz City Schools Food Services Department, along with the Moreno Valley, Yuba City and Rialto unified school districts.

A complete list of organizations selected for the Turnip the Beet award can be found at the USDA Food and Nutrition Services website.

Here are the other stories we’ve been tracking this week:

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Orange County students receive medals for their projects at the National History Day - Orange County awards ceremony on March 13.
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced that REACH Academy in the Santa Ana Unified School District was one of California’s eight Model Community Day Schools for 2024.
  • With a 36-year career serving students, Dr. Clint Harwick has announced his retirement as superintendent of the Huntington Beach Union High School District.
  • According to the Register, multiple school districts sent out reduction in force notices to employees — a precautionary measure for districts and charter schools to maintain flexibility as they prepare for uncertain financial prospects.

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