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Three elementary schools were awarded $1,000 grants from KIWI magazine and the Whole Kids Foundation to improve their lunch program as part of the National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day 2014 contest.

Nearly 200 schools from around the country participated in Lunch Day and shared their stories for a chance to win the grant. To enter, representatives from schools explained why they nominated their school and participated in Lunch Day, highlighted the school’s sustainability measures, and said what they would do with the grant money if they won.

Let’s meet the 2014 Lunch Day winners:

BigforkBigfork Elementary School
Bigfork, Montana

Lunch Day is one of three seasonal events that celebrate food, nutrition, and gardening at Bigfork Elementary. The school created a school garden that’s used as an outdoor classroom for students in grades 1 to 5 as well as eighth-grade health classes. Produce from the garden is harvested and then cooked by students or used in the cafeteria. In addition, students compost in the cafeteria and are looking for more ways to become more sustainable.

Bigfork plans to use the grant to increase its offerings of fresh, locally sourced meals for its students, in addition to incorporating more fresh produce from the school’s garden.

MossHavenMoss Haven Elementary School
Dallas, Texas

This was the third year Moss Haven Elementary participated in National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day with the hope of “bringing families to the table to enjoy healthy food that will carry over into their dining room tables at home,” as the school’s entry stated. Moss Haven has a farm with 21 organic raised vegetable beds with plants for each season, chickens that help students learn about life cycles, and a compost pile for food scraps to help kids reduce their carbon footprint.

The school intends to use the money to sustain the farm and healthy-living initiatives it has in place, in addition to creating promotion materials that will encourage healthy lifestyle choices for students, staff, and the community.

Dixon2Dixon Elementary School
Brookfield, Wisconsin

Dixon Elementary celebrated Lunch Day as a way to showcase the relationship between the PTO-supported school garden (the Dixon Innovative Garden) and the food and nutrition program. In addition to introducing an appreciation for healthy foods and incorporating it into the classroom and lunch program, Dixon also recycles and composts, and the garden uses rain barrels to further increase sustainability.

Dixon will use the grant to expand its garden by getting additional beds and equipment. The school also hopes to continue educating students through hands-on learning and incorporate a garden classroom for regular class visits.

Congratulations to the winners and to all the schools who entered and participated in National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day!

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