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Students Help Promote NC Summer Meals Programs

NC Department of Public Instruction

Students from Franklin, Harnett and Union County Schools received top honors Wednesday in the North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs promotional materials contest, in which students design promotional materials to help increase the awareness of N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs.

Student promotional materials contest winners were recognized at the opening session of the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina Annual Conference.

Student promotional materials contest winners will be recognized at the opening session of the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina Annual Conference at the Koury Convention Center on Wednesday, June 20, 4-6:30 p.m. The Koury Convention Center is located at 3121 High Point Road, Greensboro.
The N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs, administered by NCDPI School Nutrition Services, provide meals at no cost to children and teens, ages 18 and younger, at almost 3,000 locations statewide during the summer months. Last summer, more than 5.2 million meals were served to children and teens through these programs, yet only 12 of every 100 eligible children benefited. Part of the challenge is lack of awareness about the meal program.

“The state’s Summer Nutrition Programs provide a critical service to students who may go hungry when school is out. Raising awareness of these programs is key to reaching students who need summer meals,” said Cynthia Ervin, N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs manager. “What better way to reach students than to have students create promotional materials. Students listen to their peers and know what messages will resonate with them,” she said.

For the contest, students in grades 6-12 were encouraged to design and submit promotional content such as a theme song, jingle, rap, dance, skit, public service announcement or other animated creation to help get children and teens excited about meeting up to eat up, enjoy physical activity, learn and have fun through N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs. Only one entry per student or student group was allowed. Submissions were required to be original and created completely by the students. Award recipients were:

First Place: Snap Chat
Student – Sean Stanley
Teacher/Adviser – Joe Dennis
Porter Ridge High (Union County Schools)

Runner-Up: Rap
Students – Kaleb Beckstrand, Thomas Faulkner
Teacher/Adviser – Valerie Hawthorne
Franklinton Middle (Franklin County Schools)

Runner-Up: Dance
Students – Jahdea Beard, Tanayzha Elliott, Jamia Harrington, Brooke McKinney, Melasha Smith, (accompanied by the Harnett Central High School Nutrition Team)
Teacher/Adviser – Sara Williamson, Career Development Coordinator
Harnett Central High (Harnett County Schools)

Runner-Up: PSA
Students – Ashlyn Bennett, Elijah Cornelius, Geysa Hernandez, Harper Howell, Kendall Gleaton, Brooke McKinney, Cameron McKinney, Margarita Plancarte, Donovan Silfies
Teacher/Adviser – Sara Williamson, Career Development Coordinator
Harnett Central High (Harnett County Schools)

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See the winning entries here