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And The Winning Nutrition Education Advocate Is...

Heather Winter with Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Public Schools! Thank you so much for all you do and for inspiring others to do the same. We'd also like to thank Darcy Reed for this great nomination. We are so excited to share it with our readers!

I would like to nominate Heather Winter at the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Public Schools. Heather is our Family Service Coordinator. Heather runs our Weekend Backpack Program. This is a program for our low income families on free and reduced lunches. The kids that qualify can take a backpack of food to eat over the weekend. Heather helps to raise funds for this program and works in cooperation with the neighboring Waseca School District. All foods are nutritional, shelf stable items within the budget. Heather spends about 5 hours a week on this project packing and coordinating where and with whom the backpacks go home. Heather provides a great service to our school through this project. She also works with about 60 of our preK-6th graders. Heather is always looking for ways we can help our kids and feed our families.

We received many great nominations, and we thank all who participated. It is so encouraging to see the many activists for nutrition education in their own communities. We believe it starts at that level, and if we all hop on board, nutrition education will eventually become common knowledge.

Thanks again for all of the nominations and congratulations to Heather Winter.

Last Thursday, we were able to attend a school assembly at JWP and personally recognize Heather for her work. We also recognized Cindy Steinberg, a passionate and dedicated FACS teacher and school nurse, Sonja Highum. Both of these ladies were also nominated.

Stay tuned for a follow up post with photos!

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