National School Lunch Week Highlights Recipes for Success

Franklin Forest Elementary School’s skeleton chef shares the recipe for success.

LaGrange, Ga., October 12, 2017 – When Troup County School System (TCSS) students returned to school after fall break, their cafeteria experience was a little different. Decorations of measuring cups, crepe paper, and decorated pineapples, pumpkins, and skeletons greeted them as they walked through the food service line. This week, October 9-13, highlights National School Lunch Week with a theme of ‘Recipes for Success’.

While this week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily within TCSS, the nutrition staff has taken an opportunity to highlight other qualities that make for student success. At Franklin Forest Elementary a chalkboard sits on a skeleton chef’s lap and reads:

• 4 cups Effort

• 2 cups Kindness

• 1 cup Communication

• 1 handful of Fairness • ¾ cup Teamwork

• Directions: Combine all ingredients daily and enjoy!

Across the county at Troup High, students are encouraged to add in perseverance, integrity, responsibility, kindness, and healthy choices. It’s also noted that all these ingredients are meant for sharing because success is always better when it is shared.

While some schools are recognizing the week with games and prizes, others are inviting parents to eat lunch with their child. TCSS’s Nutrition Department is hosting a decorating and ‘recipe for success’ contest between all schools to see who can display the best decorations.

According to Diane Pain, Director of School Nutrition for TCSS, “School lunch is an important part of the day. Our breakfast options help students start their day off right, while our lunch selections help them power through the day. Our district theme this year is Academic Success Under Construction so the chosen theme of Recipe for Success fits right in to our goal of creating a culture of success.”

TCSS estimates 13,000 meals are served daily, with an average 4,258 breakfasts and 7,960 lunches served. Six elementary schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program – Berta Weathersbee, Ethel W. Kight, Franklin Forest, Hogansville, West Point, and Whitesville Road. With the approved CEP program, each student at these schools eat breakfast and lunch for free. In addition, this past summer, TCSS joined forces with Troup County Parks and Recreation to offer a Seamless Summer Meal Option where students received breakfast and lunch during the summer months at various locations throughout the county.

All school meals across the district contain choices of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins. Pain added, “Children love to make their own food choices. We see many of our high school students making their own sub sandwiches or choosing fresh pizza. As we educate all students on healthy eating behaviors through a variety of fun activities, they are more equipped and empowered to choose the foods that help them live a healthier lifestyle.”

About Troup County School System Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 11,900 students in grades K-12. TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system is comprised of eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2017 graduation rate rose 6.6 percentage points in three years to 78.0 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.