Gunter ISD earns state award from Texas Department of AgricultureApril 26, 2016
GUNTER — The Texas Department of Agriculture awarded the Gunter Independent School District nutrition department the Perfect Peach Award for showing its commitment to supporting state agriculture and teaching students about locally grown foods. Gunter ISD was the only district in Grayson County to receive the award.
“We’re excited because we know the meals our students eat are incredibly important for not only their nutrition and academics but also their overall success in school,” Gunter ISD Superintendent Jill Siler said. “To be awarded the Perfect Peach Award was a reflection on the great job that our nutrition department does.”
In October, Gunter ISD participated in a challenge from the TDA to use local products which made the eligible for the Perfect Peach Award. The challenge required the Gunter ISD nutrition department to serve three or more meal components of dairy, protein, fruits, vegetables or grains each day.
The official Gunter ISD website says the nutrition department strives to provide fruits and vegetables filled with nutrients such as sweet potatoes, peaches and broccoli. The district also focuses on providing whole grain foods such as brown rice and whole wheat grains while encouraging lean proteins. The district strives to reduce unhealthy fats, sodium and sugar as well.
Over the last school year, Siler said she has seen the nutrition department take training to the next level. Because of a training course of the summer, she said the team learned about menu creation, using healthier foods and creating meals that kids would want to eat.
“Through the Texas Department of Agriculture, we promoted the use of Texas grown produce and incorporated more locally grown products this year,” Gunter ISD Child Nutrition Director Lauren Rogers said. “We’re constantly looking for new ideas and ways to get our students signed up for our lunch programs. The more you suggest, the more it seems like they take the lead and try new things. … We are looking forward to providing more nutritious meals.”