COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 55
April 10, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: School Food Service Employee Recognition Day May 13, 1998

 
  May 13, 1998, is "School Food Service Employee Recognition
  Day."   The Virginia Department of Education joins with the
  Virginia School Food Service Association and the Virginia
  Department of Agriculture in recognizing the dedicated,
  hardworking professionals who prepare and serve good
  nutritious meals to our students every school day. Their
  efforts and commitment to children may often go unnoticed in
  the busy daily routine; however, without them, the school day
  would be disrupted and many children would be hungry. 

  The school breakfast and lunch programs provide students with
  the energy and nutrients for optimal cognitive development and
  performance.  Research clearly demonstrates the strong
  relationship between nutrition and readiness to learn.  Access
  to healthy foods is essential and reinforces the classroom
  nutrition education.  Good nutrition education and services,
  both in the classroom and the cafeteria, allow students to
  gain the knowledge, skills, and motivation needed to make wise
  food choices. They learn that healthy foods are connected to
  physical, mental, emotional, and social health.  The employees
  of the school nutrition programs are crucial members of the 
  educational team.  They provide nourishment to the students'
  bodies, so the educators can nourish their minds.  

  Please join with us in showing your appreciation and
  recognizing the School Food Service members for their
  professionalism, commitment, and dedication to our future--the
  students of Virginia.

  For more information contact Catherine Digilio Grimes,
  Director of School Nutrition Programs at (804) 225-2074

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