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We hope everyone has had a fantastic break. We look forward to having all of our students back in class tomorrow. While it will be chilly outside, our buildings will be nice and warm.
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January is the start of a new calendar year, and school semester and this year, it will be the start of something else fantastic. Get ready for a whole new approach to behavior and discipline for grades 6 – 12. Stay tuned for exciting details!
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Last week, across the nation we celebrated National School Lunch Week. Every year it is a chance to show case and celebrate who we are and what we do on a daily basis. School Nutrition professionals get to shine and inform their schools of all the wonderful things going on in the cafeterias. We are proud of the transformation that continues to happen to our program, the quality of food, service, and presentation.
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During October 18th through the 26th Tift County High School, including Northeast Campus, is participating in the “Celebrate My Drive” event, which promotes safe driving by our students! We need YOUR participation to reinforce these ideas and help Tift County High School become eligible to receive a large grant for supporting driver safety. During October 18th through the 26th, log on to www.celebratemydrive.com to make a commitment in support of teen driver safety. Click – “join the celebration”, enter a valid email and birthdate, input Tift County High School’s information, and then click “make a commitment”. The MORE commitments Tift County High School receives, the better chances we have of receiving a grant, which will help your child receive a better education. Individuals over the age of 14 are allowed to make a commitment ONCE EACH DAY, so make sure to make commitments all the way up through the 26th of October. With the support of community members such as yourself, we can help provide a better education for our students! Thank you for your support!
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Tift County Schools are thrilled to be part of the Farm to School program.
What is Farm to School (F2S)? Farm to School is connecting schools and local farms to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, and food education opportunities. Farm to School programs bring our community into our local schools and create new stakeholders for school nutrition programs. F2S activities increase student awareness of personal health and nutrition, agriculture careers and food sources. Some of these activities include, taste tests, school gardens, integrated food education curriculum and farmers serving as guest speakers and hosting field trips.

What are the benefits of starting a Farm to School Program?
Boosts the local economy
Supports local agriculture
Encourages community participation and support for the school nutrition program
Creates a community culture made up of teachers, students, administrators, board members, school nutrition staff, local business owners, local farmers and parents
Introduces students to new fruits and vegetables
Encourages healthy eating habits in students
School gardens
Taste test of local produce
Educational training for cafeteria staff and teachers
Educational training for teachers
Educational training for the community
Educational training for the local farming community

What could be better on the meal trays of our students than local produce, such as, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, blueberries, lettuce, carrots, chicken, beef, and so much more? F2S is a win-win for everyone.
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