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Northampton County Schools wins Big! Gaston Elementary School
Posted on 02/15/2019
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Gaston Elementary School wins the No Kid Hungry 6th Statewide Breakfast Challenge!  On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, School Nutrition Director Nicole H. Baker, Gaston Elementary School Principal Barbara Stephenson, Assistant Principal Demetra Lassiter, Cafeteria Manager Tonya Worrock, Action for Healthy Kids Chairperson, Pamela Miles, and student Kynn'Dylle Copeland traveled to UNC Friday Center for Continuing Education to attend 2019 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference: “Use Your Voice: Stories and Strategies to Feed More Kids”No Kid Hungry Leadership Conference to accept their award.  Winning schools were chosen – 3 elementary, 3 middle and 3 high – using DPI meal claim data from October 2017 and 2018.  The 9 schools with the largest increase in overall breakfast participation are winners. Gaston Elementary had an amazing 62% increase in breakfast participation! School Nutrition Director, Nicole H. Baker, stated the mission in the school nutrition department is to serve a nutritious breakfast and lunch to every student, every day. 

At Gaston Elementary, students participate in Breakfast in the Classroom.  Students receive their breakfast from stations in the hallway then go directly to their classrooms to eat. This model provides students with additional instructional time in the classroom and builds a sense of community as students eat, fellowship, and prepare for their lessons. Thanks to the leadership and a grant from Action for Healthy Kids, student participation is up in the District.

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Left to Right-Barbara Stephenson, Principal, Nicole H. Baker, School Nutrition Director, Ra, the official mascot of the NC Summer Nutrition Program for Kids. His mission is to spread fun in the sun and make sure everyone knows about free summer meals in North Carolina, Tonya Worrock, Cafeteria Manager, Demetra Lassiter, Assistant Principal, Pamela Miles, Instruction Coach and School Chairperson of Action for Healthy Kids