Students are winners in the N.C. Farm to School calendar contest

The artwork  of 12 elementary school students will be featured in the 2012-13 North Carolina  Farm to School calendar. This is the second year for the calendar, sale which  features daily agricultural facts and highlights the N.C. Farm to School  program and agriculture’s role in food production.
“Last year was the first year  for this calendar and we were blown away by the response. This year, a thousand  more students participated, making the task of selecting winning entries even  more difficult,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We want kids to  know where their food comes from, and in creating artwork for the calendar and  using the calendar during the year, they gain a better understanding that all  food starts on a farm. The lesson comes full circle when they get to enjoy the  fruits and vegetables that are on the school lunch menu through our Farm to  School program.”
The N.C. Farm to School  program is a cooperative effort of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and  Consumer Services’ Food Distribution and Marketing divisions. These divisions secure  orders from school nutrition directors, and source and deliver locally grown  fruits and vegetables for school lunch programs. The program started in 1998  and is coming off its best year ever, with sales closing in on $1 million and  participation by 78 school districts statewide.
Winning entrants are:

  • Chad  Theriot, a fifth-grader at St. James Elementary School in Lincoln County;
  • Shalyn  Hogan, a fifth-grader at Page Street Elementary in Montgomery County;
  • Gayathri  Achar, a first-grader at Cedar Fork Elementary in Wake County. Achar was also a  winner in 2011 as a kindergartner;
  • Carson  Cope, a fifth-grader at Holly Ridge Elementary in Wake County;
  • Marissa  Blackwelder, a fourth-grader at Ethan H. Shive Elementary in Rowan County;
  • Shimia  Modlin, a third-grader at Hertford Grammar in Perquimans County;
  • Madison  Via, a second-grader at College Park Elementary in New Hanover County;
  • Mniah  Goins, a fifth-grader at Burton Elementary in Durham County;
  • Avery  Johnson, a kindergartner at H.B. Sugg Elementary in Pitt County;
  • Anna  Windsor, a third-grader at Shoals Elementary in Surry County;
  • Logan  Wilbanks, a first-grader at Millbridge Elementary in Rowan County;
  • Alexis  Casias, a fourth-grader at Pink Hill Elementary in Lenoir County;

The  calendar contest was open to public school students in grades kindergarten  through 5. There were 2,373 entries submitted from 49 counties. Winners will  receive a cash prize and a year’s subscription to Our State magazine. Prizes will  be awarded at a winner’s reception Friday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Got to  Be NC Festival.
School systems will receive a minimum number  of calendars before the start of the school year. Additional copies will be  available through NCDA&CS on a first-come, first-served basis. A  printer-friendly version can also be found at


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