Clarke County School District was one of 75 districts to receive The Golden Radish Award for participating in a farm-to-school program.
As reported in The Athens Banner Herald, the 75 districts served over 97 million school meals with local food items during the 2016-17 school year.
For the district, their accolades included hosting the School Lunch Challenge, an event where chefs from popular Athens area restaurants compete in a cooking competition, and an “Aw Shucks Day” at an
Early Learning Center to expose preschoolers to vegetables by allowing them to shuck their own Georgia grown ears of corn.
In other news, West Jackson Elementary School was one of six schools in Georgia to receive a $10,000 grant from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office for its participation in the 2018 Innovation Fund Accelerator.
School principal Dr. Amity Hardegree said this grant will give them the chance to visit other schools with successful science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs.
“This will allow our team to really dig into the data and refine our ideas,” said Hardegree.
The school received funding under Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education. It’s for the AIM program, which stands for Accelerate, Innovate and Motivate students.
“So our fifth grade students have been exploring microgravity. One experiment from Jackson County Schools will actually fly into space. We’ll have an experiment that will be conducted by astronauts. We also have started an aquaponics garden. Students have been researching that,” said Hardegree. “And we’ve been able to partner with the High Museum of Art. So we’ve got some groups that will be going to the High Museum for workshops.”
The grant supports schools in developing innovative education programs and makes West Jackson eligible to win a $45,000 grant to implement a pilot program.
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