West Virginia School Cook Honored for Student Health Initiatives

November 10, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education today recognized Dorothy Gwinn, head cook at Nuttall Elementary School in Fayette County. Gwinn was recognized for receiving the 2004 American School Food Service Association (ASFSA) Heart of the Program Award, the highest honor given by the ASFSA.  

The Heart of the Program Award recognizes one school cook throughout the country who exemplifies the best in school nutrition programs based on a demonstrated dedication to serving the needs of children, collaboration with the school community and families, creative delivery and promotion of school meals and a dedication to continuous improvement through training and professional development activities.  

Gwinn’s school nutrition improvement accomplishments include organizing food drives and other fundraisers to support an annual scholarship given to a Fayette County cook's child or grandchild, implementing a "grab and go" breakfast option to encourage busy students to eat breakfast, establishing a fitness club for students, developing promotional activities such as contests, taste testing and cafeteria decorations.  

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