Cumberland County Public Schools was one of six school divisions to receive top honors in the 2017 Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Food for Thought Competition. Winning divisions were recognized by Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe at the VSBA Conference on Education, which took place in Richmond on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The competition was created in 2012 to educate, engage, and empower school leaders to address childhood hunger and provide all students in Virginia with healthier, more nutritious school meals. This is the sixth year the awards were given out.
The competition was divided into three separate categories—Healthy School Meals, Meal Access to Fight Hunger, and Wellness and Physical Activity. This year Cumberland was the winner in Healthy School Meals competition for schools with a population below 10,000 students. This is the fourth time CUCPS has received a Food for Thought award, having previously won in each category.
The Virginia School Boards Association is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards. Its goal is to promote excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services. The sponsor for the VSBA Conference on Education was ABM.
FRONT ROW: Dr. Elizabeth Jamerson (Director of Human Resources), Dr. Amy Griffin (Superintendent), and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. BACK ROW: Dr. Chip Jones (Assistant Superintendent), Mr. Nathan Botwright (ABM representative), and Governor Terry McAuliffe.