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Burlington School District selected to present Vermont Farm

BURLINGTONThe Burlington School District has been selected to present its innovative "Farm to School" program at the upcoming National School Board Association annual conference in San Francisco. Attending the conference and presenting the Districts program will be Food Service Director Doug Davis, Superintendent Jeann頃ollins, and School Board member Frederick Lane (Ward 5). The conference was scheduled to take place Monday, April 16. During the 75-minute presentation, Davis will show a film and Power Point presentation about the Farm to School program and answer questions from the audience. With the assistance of his children, Davis will also give audience members a taste test of one of the program's popular foods, a maple-flavored granola. Winton Goodrich, president of the Vermont School Board Association, congratulated the District on its selection. "We are proud to have a Vermont district in this prestigious event," Goodrich said. Under the guidance of Food Service Director Doug Davis, the program has attracted national attention and earned Davis the award for top New England food service director in 2006. "I feel that some of the things that make our program successful," Davis said, "are the commitment of our administrators and the depth of the partnerships we have established with community and staff members, farmers, legislators, and especially students. It is very rewarding to see students eating new foods, fresh foods, and local foods. It is great to see Vermont schools leading the way in the transformation of school food." "The Burlington School District has an incredible partnership with local community resources," Superintendent Collins said. "This plays out well in the food service program, under the leadership of Doug Davis. Sharing his ideas and demonstrating the taste test as prepared by students is one way of moving this partnership beyond Burlington and into other school kitchens. We are very much looking forward to sharing with other school boards the work that we are doing here in Burlington." School Commissioner Lane, who drafted the presentation proposal accepted by the NSBA, said that the "Farm to School" program is a particularly positive example of the creative energy in the District. "One of the goals for the Board is to spotlight the innovative work that is being done in the District," he said. "Residents of Burlington should be very proud of their school district and of the people who work for them. I think that this program will be very well received at the national conference." The National School Board Association annual conference attracts thousands of school board members from the around the country, and traditionally features some of the country's best-known speakers. Among those addressing this year's attendees are former President Bill Clinton, Nobel Prize winner F.W. de Clerk, and actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Additional information about the conference is available on the National School Board Association website, www.nsba.org

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