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HCS Nutrition Department Repeats as Golden Radish Award Winner

Submission Date: October 30, 2018

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0012-10-18)

 Henry County Schools School Nutrition Department Earns Golden Radish Award

HCS Nutrition Department Repeats as Golden Radish Award Winner

District department recognized at highest level in state

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County Schools Nutrition Department’s recipe for success paid off last year with their recent recognition by the Georgia Department of Education as a Golden Radish Award winner.  This marks back-to-back years that the Henry County Schools department has earned this distinction. 

According to hosts for the event, the Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school, such as local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests, and incorporating gardening and cooking activities in curriculum.

What makes this year so special for School Nutrition Director Kantrell Brown and her staff is that the department was honored with a Platinum Level status for their work during the 2017-2018 school year.  Henry County Schools is one of only 22 districts in the state to receive this honor.  The department earned a Gold Level status the year before. In all, 84 districts in the state earned either an Honorary, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Level status.

Henry County Schools was recognized at the Platinum Level for several accomplishments during the 2017-18 school year, including:

  • 40 of 50 Henry County Schools have edible school gardens for a total of 65 edible gardens! All 11 high schools have greenhouses, tower gardens, and some have aquaponics that is used for agriculture science classes.
  • A total of 132 taste tests took place in Henry County classrooms and cafeterias.  Hampton Elementary Charter School brought in chefs and master gardeners for culinary activities where students made their own quiche with school garden-grown spinach and kale.
  • Students from Henry County Schools visited Southern Belle Farm for fall and springtime tours. This school year 57 visits were made to this local farm. The farm provides educational activities for visiting students including tours of the 330-acres, lessons in the outdoor classroom and demonstrations with farm equipment, crops, animals and more!

“At the Georgia Department of Education we’re focused on expanding opportunities for Georgia’s kids, and farm to school is a perfect example of that,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “When students have access to fresh, local foods they’re better prepared to learn – and they can connect with Georgia agriculture, one of our state’s largest industries.”

This year, the Golden Radish partners included Georgia Organics, Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture (GDOA), Education (GaDOE), Public Health (GDPH), Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension (UGA Extension). (MORE)

You can find out more about Henry County Schools and the School Nutrition Department at www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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Photo: School Nutrition Director Kantrell Brown is surrounded by state officials presenting her with the Golden Radish Award.