EISD program earns state recognition - Elgin Courier: News

EISD program earns state recognition

By Lauren Jette lauren.jette@elgincourier.com | Posted: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 4:00 pm

Elgin ISD was one of a dozen districts to receive recognition for a ground-breaking program in a special edition of Texas School Business magazine recently. 

Elgin’s Farm to School program was one of twelve selected for the “Bragging Rights” issue slated to be published this month. 

“To be recognized on a statewide level for our Farm to School program validates the exceptional work of our staff and the strong partnerships that we enjoy with our agriculture and farming community,” said Superintendent Jodi Duron. 

The farm to school program provides a unique opportunity for the district’s 4,300 students thanks to grants and partnerships with 10 local farms. 

Students are able to go on field trips to the farms and see how produce and vegetables are grown and harvested. 

Students then take some of the produce back to the school, where it is prepared in food demonstrations or in the cafeteria. 

Programs encouraging students to try different healthy foods each month have also been instituted at the middle and high schools, with the main goal of teaching students healthy eating habits that will stay with them beyond their time with Elgin ISD, according to the article. 

“The progress we have made thus far has proven to be a tremendous benefit to our district by providing our students access to high-quality, locally grown foods, as well as hands-on learning experiences both in and out of the classroom related to gardening, agriculture, healthy eating, and nutrition,” Dr. Duron said.  

“It is also a benefit to our local community, because not only are we teaching food, nutrition and agriculture, we are investing our dollars locally and contributing to the economic growth of our community. That’s a win-win!” 

The farm to school team at Elgin ISD is led by Child Nutrition Coordinator Guadalupe Martin. 

“Nearly 200 nominations for school district programs across Texas poured in this year, and each one deserves to be noticed,” said Texas School Business Editorial Director Dacia Rivers. 

“It’s our hope that the 12 districts we chose inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The mission of Texas School Business is to share the good news happening in Texas public schools, and there’s never a shortage of news-worthy school programs for us to cover.”

Elgin’s food to school program is covered in a three-page spread in the magazine. 

The other schools and their programs that received recognition include: Abilene ISD with Revolution Strings; Beeville ISD with Computer Science For All; Fruitvale ISD with More Than a Diploma; Granbury ISD with Eagle’s Nest; Hawkins ISD with Globe Project; Kemp ISD with New Planetarium; Mount Pleasant ISD with Electrician Apprenticeship; Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD with Nursing Career Pathway and Southwest ISD with Anti-Harassment, Anti-Bullying. 

To read the 11th Annual Bragging Rights issue online, visit www.texasschoolbusiness.com.