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 HUSSC Award Celebration at Deerfield Elementary
HUSSC Award Celebration at Deerfield Elementary

USDA Official Salutes Coffee County School For Meeting USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge

Deerfield Elementary First in Tennessee to Receive Gold Award of  Distinction

     May 25, 2011 -Steve Hortin, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Southeast Regional Deputy Director for the Special Nutrition Programs, today recognized Deerfield Elementary School in Manchester, Tennessee, for their excellence in school nutrition. During his visit Hortin applauded the school's Principal, Bill Bryan, Director of Food Services, Shanelle Gray and the Food Service staff for earning a Gold Award of Distinction certification in USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) and for being the first school in Tennessee to receive this level of the award.  By achieving the highest level of performance, Deerfield Elementary School was awarded a monetary incentive of$2000; an award plaque signed by a USDA official; a banner to display in their school; and their name listed on the Team Nutrition Web site.

     "It's important that we provide our children access to nutritious meals so they are able to learn, thrive and grow," said Hortin. "Through our HealthierUS School Challenge, USDA recognizes schools that meet the highest standards for creating and maintaining healthy school environments by promoting good nutrition and physical activity."

            Dignitaries who attended the awards program were Mr. Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of Education and Mr. Stephen Smith, Assistant Commissioner for Legislation & External Affairs.  Representatives from the Tennessee State Department School Nutrition Program included Lila Beasley, Phyllis Hodges, Rita Scruggs and Amy Haynes.

     The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.  It supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.  Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime. 


    

 

     

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