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RUSD Nutrition Services Earns Federal Summer Sunshine Award For Innovation
Posted 1/11/19




RUSD Nutrition Services Earns Federal Summer Sunshine Award For Innovation




Rialto, CA., January 11, 2019 – The Rialto Unified School District Nutrition Services Department has earned the Western Region Summer Sunshine Award for Innovative and Impactful Enrichment Activities given by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


“I am so proud of the unbelievable effort and commitment to this program by our Nutrition Services Team,” replied Fausat Rahman-Davies, Agent of Nutrition Services. “Our commitment to our students does not end on the last day of school. We remain focused on continuing to provide nutritious meals that will fuel them throughout their summer and provide daily activities that bridge what they learned during the school year. Through partnerships within the community and with educators of our district, we provided daily activities that ranged from literature and STEM to meeting our cities first responders. With positive daily feedback from our students, we know that we are heading into the right direction and we will continue to push forward in creating a summer program that is beneficial for the entire community.”


There were 16 honorees from the western United States which were recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eight of the honorees came from California, with half of those in the San Bernardino County school districts.


The Summer Sunshine Award is given to nutrition programs within school districts that demonstrate their commitment to providing enrichment activities to families and the community. Activities may include physical and nutrition education, summer learning, and/or wellness promotion. Nominees incorporate these principals and activities as a key part of their program structure and offer these enrichment services during the summer to help encourage healthy eating, physical activity and positive health-related learning habits.


“Data has always indicated that when children have healthy nutrients, their minds are more receptive and alert to learn. This is such a unique and prestigious distinction for our hard working Nutrition Services Department,” stated RUSD Superintendent, Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila. “We commend the entire Nutrition Services staff for their unwavering compassion in keeping our young scholars healthy during the summer months, and also providing breakfast and lunch every day of the school year.”


RUSD Board of Education will be recognizing the Nutrition Services Department at a future school board meeting.


The RUSD’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program is funded by the USDA and overseen by the California Department of Education (CDE).