More than 20 school cafeteria employees and nutrition professionals from city and county schools in western North Carolina attended the K-12 Culinary Institute's Chef Ambassador program. The chef ambassadors learned new recipes and brushed up on time management and kitchen safety.
A New York state school district will offer free, universal meals in September, thanks to a New York State Department of Education program. The free meals will save families as much as $750 per year, and Debra Morris, the food service director, said the program will allow her staff to introduce new items.
Two teachers from a Maryland high school recently were honored for the agriculture program that they oversee. Participating students learn the basics about horticulture and animal science in the classroom and also practice their skills through work-based experiences.
A law recently signed by Ill. Gov. J.B. Pritzker will require the state's Department of Human Services to create a database of mental health resources that parents and school staff members can use to support students who need it. Many school districts already have such databases, but Matt Liberatore of the Illinois School Counselor Association says this measure will help districts share information and resources with each other.
Researchers found that measures increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 were associated with a 39% decline in the risk of becoming a regular smoker for youths ages 18 to 20, and a 50% reduction among 16-year-olds with a close friend who smokes.
The US Secret Service is developing a clearinghouse of best practices on school safety that is expected to launch in November. However, some advocates say there still is debate over the types of approaches that would help to improve school safety.
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