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Sangaree Elementary approach to school nutrition recognized on national level

Published Friday, March 16, 2018

Photo of CNS team members on a kitchen tour with students

Roaming Ruby takes a kitchen tour with Sangaree Elementary School students and learns about proper food preparation and safe storage. (Provided)

Child nutrition is an important layer in the education of the “whole child.” Providing healthy meals, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and teaching children what they need to be healthy later in life as adults are paramount in the process.

Child Nutrition Services (CNS) team members on campuses within Berkeley County School District challenge themselves daily to support the wellness mission. 

Sangareee Elementary CNS Manager Linnie Hansborough was recently recognized for her dedication to that mission. 

Ms. Hansborough is one of a handful of people selected by the School Nutrition Association for her use of creative approaches to implement a healthy lifestyle at her school. The association's annual Where’s Ruby Roaming Contest showcases the use of its mascot at school activities and events all over the United States. 

Ruby’s presence at Sangaree Elementary is visible as Ms. Hansborough uses a cutout of Roaming Ruby to further connect with the children at the school. She even describes Ruby as a member of her team. 

“I am always on the lookout for new ideas to implement in support of our wellness mission at Sangaree Elementary School,” Ms. Hansborough said. “The School Nutrition Association publication is a great resource for ideas, training, leadership and funding incentives.” 

Using Roaming Ruby as a mascot, Ms. Hansborough and her team take students on kitchen tours, allow them to attend taste-testing events and engage students on the topic of healthy eating. 

“Our newest addition of Roaming Ruby has continued to reinforce the benefits of healthy nutrition and encourage students and staff to take an active role towards improving their overall health,” she said.

Along with the recognition from the School Nutrition Association, Ms. Hansborough’s team received a $100 Visa gift card to be used within the department.  

Brian Troutman