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Fun at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta

A special day “rooted” in fun! Earlier this week, GA School Nutrition Academic Nutritionist, Kelley Toon along with Engagement Team member, Ann Hamner, and Dietetic Intern, Abbie McBrayer from Emory University took part in the Atlanta Family Free Day at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

The GaDOE school nutrition team had a SPUD-tacular time engaging with children and parents at the event. Children experienced hands on food-based learning and were able to get their hands dirty…some of them for the first time! Parents were excited to learn about healthy school meals and take home several resources to implement nutritious cooking with kids at home.

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to connect with a new partner. It was also great to meet with future and current students and parents to share information about healthful school meals and nutrition/ag education. “ said Kelley Toon.

Bethany Harris, Manager of Public Programs Children’s Museum of Atlanta thanked the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program for “passing out resources to the adults and children and for thinking of such a creative and fun activity. I spoke with a child at the end of the third session yesterday about what she had done at the museum – she thought and thought, then exclaimed, “I dug for sweet potatoes!” Every time I looked over there were happy faces around your table.”

Special shout out to Royal Produce for providing us with Georgia Grown Sweet Potatoes and to USDA Team Nutrition for all the awesome take home educational materials.


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Be the authority and resource for Georgia school nutrition programs so that every child in school has healthy choices, every day.

Our Mission:
Provide leadership, training and technical assistance, and resources so that local program personnel may deliver quality meals and education that contribute to the nutritional well-being of Georgians and their performance at work and school.

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