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  • Canajoharie CSD receives Healthier U.S. School Challenge bronze award

  • The Canajoharie Central School District was recently given the Healthier U.S. School Challenge bronze award for East Hill Elementary School, Canajoharie Middle School and Canajoharie High School by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    The award includes a plaque, banner and $500 toward the school lunch program.

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  • The Canajoharie Central School District was recently given the Healthier U.S. School Challenge bronze award for East Hill Elementary School, Canajoharie Middle School and Canajoharie High School by the United States Department of Agriculture.
    The award includes a plaque, banner and $500 toward the school lunch program.
    The HUSSC award recognizes schools who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in  nutrition and physical education to provide a healthier school environment for children.
    Only 21 other districts in the state have received the award.
    “We are proud of the progress that we’ve made towards creating a healthier school environment and this award confirms those efforts,” said food services director Lauri Dahlin in a news release.
     Dahlin applied for the award in June at the suggestion of the Canajoharie Wellness Committee. The state then approved the application before it moved to the federal level. The application covered three pieces including school lunch, physical education and activity and nutrition education outside of the cafeteria.
    “The basis of becoming a healthier U.S. school is it recognizes nutrition and physical education,”  Dahlin said. “There has to be certain levels of physical education and activity.”
    Since the award means $500 more into the food service account, Dahlin said she’s thinking of how to use it. “It could be used to hold a veggie or fruit tasting day or some special event,” she said.
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