Craven County Schools receives national recognition

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NEW BERN, Craven County - Craven County Schools is one of only two school systems in North Carolina to receive national recognition for their nutrition efforts.

Craven County Schools School Nutrition Services was presented the Healthier US School Challenge award for all 25 of their schools at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Services, 2017 Annual Conference for School Nutrition Administrators on October 26.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture commends these schools for the exemplary steps. leadership and team work employed to make changes to their schools' nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and, enhance their physical activity program," officials said in a press release.

Each school is receiving an award plaque, a banner to display and monetary awards for their efforts to meet HUSSC National School Lunch Program criteria. The names of the schools will also be added to the HUSSC: SL awardees list on the Team Nutrition HUSSC: SL website.

Bronze level schools will receive $500. Silver level schools will receive $1,000. Gold level schools will receive $1,500. The schools that received the Gold Award of Distinction will receive $2,000.

Craven County Schools and Buncombe County Schools were the only school districts in North Carolina to receive the HUSSC awards.

Craven County Schools received 10 Silver HUSSC Awards out of 733 presented nationally. The school system also received 15 Bronze HUSSC awards of 2,067 presented nationally.