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MPS Honors School Lunch Heroes

The child nutrition staff of Mustang Public Schools (MPS) strives to make lunchtime the favorite part of every student’s day. From their friendly greetings in the cafeteria and the love they dish out with every student’s meal, to how they encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, these school nutrition professionals are truly heroes. 

On Friday, May 3, 2019, MPS will show appreciation for its child nutrition staff as part of School Lunch Hero Day, which provides an opportunity to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.  Mustang students, staff, alumni and parents are encouraged to share their “Lunch Hero Story” on Social Media using #SchoolLunchHeroDay.  

Of the 110 Child Nutrition Department employees in Mustang, over a quarter have been serving in their capacity for over 20 years, and one, Carla Haggy of Mustang Middle School, is completing her 50th year.  These dedicated professionals are tasked with preparing healthy meals, adhering to strict USDA nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, participating in rigorous annual training (over half certified through the School Nutrition Association) and all while offering service with a smile.  Director of the Mustang Child Nutrition Department, Tammy Bales, states that “the goal of her department is to provide great tasting, nutritious food to the students of Mustang schools in the cleanest and safest environments possible.  “Through the dedication of [her] employees, every student, regardless of lunch account balance or status, is offered food each day that school is in session.”  

School Lunch Hero Day is a nationwide celebration hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series and the School Nutrition. Inspired by his own childhood school lunch hero, Jean J. Cariglia, Jarrett J. Krosoczka created the popular LUNCH LADY series of graphic novels for kids, starring a crime-fighting school nutrition professional and her faithful sidekick, Betty.

Creative ideas and downloads to tell your “Hero” story, as well as, more details are available at www.SchoolLunchHeroDay.com.  To find out more about Child Nutrition in Mustang Public Schools, please visit http://bit.ly/MPSCafeterias.  

About Mustang Public Schools

The Mustang Public School District covers 69 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 employees, including both support personnel and certified personnel. The school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades K-4), two intermediate centers (grades 5-6), two middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12) and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.

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