Barnwell Co. school receives USDA silver certificate

From Barnwell County Schools:

COLUMBIA, SC -  USDA Food and Nutrition Service Southeast Regional Administrator Don Arnette presented a Silver Certificate and a Banner to the principal of Kelly Edwards Elementary School and other school officials for meeting USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge at a high level.

"I'm pleased to recognize Kelly Edwards Elementary School for achieving Silver-level status," Arnette said.  "The HealthierUS School Silver award is one of the highest honors a school nutrition program can achieve and reflects a strong commitment to provide students with additional healthy food options throughout the school campus, and to emphasize nutrition education and physical activity in the school curriculum.

USDA has issued a challenge to schools throughout the nation to make changes to their school nutrition environment, improve the quality of the foods served, and provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices.

ThE Barnwell County School have successfully met that challenge by taking specific steps to improve their programs, address obesity, and encourage other schools to follow their lead.  As a result of its efforts, Kelly Edwards Elementary School received a Silver Award, one of USDA's highest.

"It is an honor to be recognized by USDA," said Tuesday Johnson, school food service director for Williston School District No. 29.  "We believe in serving school children quality meals.  With the support of the administrators, teachers, cafeteria managers and staff, physical education specialists, counselors, parent volunteers and all other team players, this school exemplifies teaching healthy lifestyles."

This Barnwell County School's achievements are very significant because obesity is a growing concern for school children in the United States.  USDA believes that schools should be taking a leadership role in helping students learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices and commends this South Carolina school for leading the way in improving the school nutrition environment.