FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
||Heather Barnes, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
Local students win N.C. Farm to School calendar art contest
RALEIGH— Thirteen elementary school students’ art pieces have been chosen for the North Carolina Farm to School 2013-2014 calendar. In addition to the artwork, the calendar includes daily agricultural facts. This is the fourth year for the contest.
The Farm to School program began in 1997 as a collaborative effort of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Distribution and Marketing divisions. The two divisions work together to secure orders from child nutrition directors and then source and deliver locally grown fruits and vegetables for school lunch programs. During the 2013-2014 school year, the program generated nearly $1.4 million with participation by 92 of the 117 school districts statewide.
“This year, we received more than 3,800 entries with images of agricultural scenes such as tractors, farmers, cows, fruits and vegetables,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. “These calendars will help kids learn more about North Carolina agriculture and its connection to our food supply.”
The winners of the calendar contest and the month their artwork will represent are as follows:
Cover Art – Daphne McCoy, a third-grader at Nantahala School in Macon County;
August 2014 – Emma Makambi, a third-grader at Farmington Woods Elementary in Wake County;
September 2014 – Todd Evans, a second-grader at North Canton Elementary in Haywood County;
October 2014 – Jacob Dixon, a fourth-grader at Banks Road Elementary in Wake County;
November 2014 – Joan Gonzales-Reyes, a second-grader at Union Elementary in Sampson County;
December 2014 – Maddy Boykin, a fifth-grader at Claxton Elementary in Guilford County;
January 2015 – Lana Butler, a fifth-grader at Barnette Elementary in Mecklenburg County;
February 2015 – Jasmine Powell, a fourth-grader at Pisgah Forest Elementary in Transylvania County;
March 2015 – Chloe Locklear, a kindergartener at Green Grove Elementary in Robeson County;
April 2015 – Josefina Houchard, a third-grader at Deyton Elementary in Mitchell County;
May 2015 – Emily Mason, a second-grader at Nantahala School in Macon County;
June 2015 – Layla Stirewalt, a kindergartener at Central Elementary in Stanly County;
July 2015 – Laila Furr, a first-grader at Bostian Elementary in Rowan County
The contest was open to all public elementary students across the state. The winners received $50 gift cards sponsored by the N.C. Farm to School Cooperative, the group of farmers supplying produce to the program.
Winners will be announced at the School Nutrition Association annual conference in June, and their artwork will be on display in the Agriculture Building and at the N.C. State Fair in October.
Limited numbers of the calendars will be available through participating school systems before the start of the school year. Additional copies will be available at NCDA&CS on a first-come, first-served basis, and printer-friendly versions will be available online at www.ncfarmtoschool.com.