RCPS School Nutrition wins Golden Radish 2019
Golden Radish logoRockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) School Nutrition was recently awarded a Golden Radish Award for their involvement in farm to school programming. The Golden Radish Awards recognizes school districts incorporating farm to school principles into their school curricula. The ceremony, hosted September 17, 2019 at Mercedes Benz Stadium, is held by Georgia Organics, UGA Cooperative Extension, and the Georgia Departments of Education, Agriculture, Public Health, and the Department of Early Care and Learning.

RCPS School Nutrition received a silver award for their work in farm to school food involvement, including:

●    Community Partner UGA Extension facilitated taste tests of Georgia Grown strawberries, carrots, summer squash, cucumbers, watermelon, blueberries and cabbage. Students voted on their favorites and earned "Rainbow Taster" certificates for participating.
●    The Rockdale School Nutrition Twitter account regularly posted pictures of fresh, local food throughout the school year. Managers are encouraged to take pictures of their lines and bulletin boards to showcase best practices for the whole community to see.
●    Gen. Ray Davis Middle School integrated farm to school into the curriculum in various ways. Students regularly participate in the Georgia School Nutrition Association Art Contest. The research methods class explored the effectiveness of Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers at extending the shelf life of local produce.

Pictured below: RCPS School Nutrition Executive Director Peggy Lawrence with Golden Radish Award officials.

RCPS School Nutrition Executive Director Peggy Lawrence with Georgia Organics officials

Pictured below: RCPS School Nutrition Exec. Dir. Peggy Lawrence and RCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts.

RCPS School Nutrtion Executive Director Peggy Lawrence and Superintendent Dr Terry Oatts

Pictured below: Representatives of school districts in Georgia honored with the 2019 Golden Radish Award at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

2019 Golden Radish award winners group photo at Mercedes Benz stadium