UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District has been recognized by Gov. Nikki Haley for its nutrition program that teaches kindergarten students about making healthy food choices.
The Original Six Foundation was founded by Haley to unite private support to solve public challenges. Its mission is to empower communities to reach their potential through facilitating and collaborating in the areas of education, quality of life, community service, and workforce readiness.
On Monday, during an evening gathering in Orangeburg of the foundation and its chairman, Haley, Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall was presented with Gov. Haley’s Community Spotlight Award for the district’s Healthy Explorers Program.
Developed and implemented last year, the Health Explorers Program is designed to teach kindergarten students about healthy snack choices through produce purchased at the local farmers market. This year, the program will include grocery shopping parent trips coordinated by First Steps.
Spartanburg Regional Foundation has recently awarded a grant to assist with costs of the food purchased from local farmers (Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Yandel). The farmers deliver produce used in nutrition lessons to the five elementary schools in the fall.
In addition to the support from the Spartanburg Regional Foundation, the program has also received assistance from the Dollar General Distribution Center and the Town of Jonesville which earlier this month donated boxes of paper products, vinegar, salad dressing, and storage bags. The donated items were divided between and distributed to the district’s five elementary schools where the kindergarten nutrition programs take place.