School Nutrition Services kicked off National Farm to School Month in October with their first annual art contest. The theme for the 2016 contest was “What Farm to School Means to Me.” The contest was open to all Loudoun County students’ grades K-12. There were 75 entries in the contest from grades K-8 only. All entries went through a preliminary judging and the top 14 were then submitted for the final judging by an esteemed panel of judges where all student and school identifying information was omitted from the entries.
Grand Prize winner: Parnika S., Mercer Middle School, 8th Grade
Craftsmanship: Abigail K., Madison’s Trust Elementary, 2nd Grade
Visual Impact: Ashley S., Lowes Island Elementary, 4th Grade
Interpretation and Creativity: Ishaan D., Meadowland Elementary, 2nd Grade
Honorable Mention: Katelyn M., Kenneth Culbert Elementary School, 5th Grade
Middle School Winners:
Interpretation & Creativity: Charly B., Trailside Middle School, 6th Grade
Visual Impact: Parnika S., Mercer Middle School, 8th Grade
Craftsmanship: Samah N., Mercer Middle School, 6th Grade
Composition and Design: Zoe L., Eagle Ridge Middle School, 7th Grade
Honorable Mention: Anaghasree H., Stone Hill Middle School, 8th Grade
The grand prize winner will have their artwork featured on Loudoun Farm Tour marketing materials for the spring 2017 season. The individual winners in both elementary and middle school will have their artwork developed into posters that will be displayed in the cafeteria at their individual schools. All participants will receive a certificate of participation in the art contest.
Loudoun County Public Library has also agreed to feature the student entries at various locations. The dates and locations for these exhibits will be announced in January, 2017. The artwork will also be featured on School Nutrition Services website http://www.lcpshealthycafe.org.
The judges for the art contest were:
Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, RDN, SNS
Supervisor, School Nutrition Services
Loudoun County Public Schools
Agricultural Development Officer
Loudoun Economic Development
Rural Business Development Assistant
Loudoun Economic Development
President of the Board
Loudoun County Farm Bureau
Loudoun County Public Library
Stone Hill Middle School
If you have any questions or comments regarding this contest, please contact Stefanie Dove by email at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org or by phone at (571)252-6502.
This promotion was made in part by the USDA Farm to School Planning Grant.
Strawberries are a versatile fruit- they make a great snack or dessert, but can also pair nicely with salty foods or meats to balance savory flavors with a touch of sweetness! Try this easy 5-ingredient salsa at your next cookout- either on top of some grilled chicken, or as a dip for chips!
Toss all ingredients together until combined. Season with extra salt and pepper if needed. If you would like a sweeter salsa, feel free to stir in a few teaspoons of warmed honey.
Recipe From: Gimme Some Oven