October 10, 2017 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) is proud to announce that Caroline Harris Elementary School has been honored with a HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Gold Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The school was recognized during a ceremony on Friday, October 6, 2017. BCSD Board of Education Members, Administrators, as well as local elected officials, joined Food and Nutrition Service Western Region Administrator, Jesus Mendoza, Jr., and the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Director, Sandip Kaur, in presenting the award.
BCSD Board of Education Member Pam Baugher congratulated all the students and staff on earning the distinction stating, “Congratulations to all, particularly to our Nutrition Services Department that was making sure the students have a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every week.”
In addition to the award, Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh presented a certificate of recognition to the Harris Hawks and said, “The Harris Hawks are number one, the leaders. Congratulations to all and especially to Principal Anne Lopez.”
Mayor Goh’s presentation was followed by word of congratulations and encouragement by Bakersfield City Councilman Andrae Gonzalez, who said to the students, “A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. What you are doing by eating your fruits and vegetables, and exercising, you are preparing yourself and your mind to be ready for school; and you are also preparing not only to have a long and healthy life, but also a very successful life.”
USDA Food and Nutrition Services developed the HealthierUS School Challenge to recognize schools that create healthy school environments by promoting good nutrition, physical activity, and nutrition education. “BCSD’s Harris Elementary demonstrated initiative, creativity and resourcefulness to win the Gold Award in the HealthierUS School Challenge,” said Brenda Robinson, Director of Nutrition Services, BCSD. “Our goal is to provide nutritious meals, physical education, and nutrition education that will help students be better prepared to meet academic challenges and life- long habits.”
Congratulations to Caroline Harris Elementary School for a well-deserved award! For more pictures, click here.