Students from Johnston County Schools and McDowell County Schools received top honors in the North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs Artwork contest. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Services staff invited students to design artwork to help increase the visibility of its Summer Nutrition Programs.
“What better way to capture a student’s attention than student artwork,” NCDPI School Nutrition Services Section Chief Lynn Harvey said. “The state’s Summer Nutrition Programs provide a critical service to students who may go hungry when school is out. It’s important we reach these students, and we feel confident the artwork will help grab their attention,” she said.
Lesley Sanchez from McDowell High School was second runner-up in the contest with her logo of a sun that says, “We Got Chu.” She is in Myra Morgan’s graphic design class.
Student artwork contest winners will be recognized at the N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs kick off at Deep River Recreation Center on Monday from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Deep River Recreation Center is located at 1529 Skeet Club Road, High Point.
The N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs, administered by NCDPI School Nutrition Services, provide meals at no cost to children and teens, ages 18 and younger, at almost 3,000 locations across the state during the summer months. Last summer, over 5.4 million meals were served to children and teens through these programs, but only 15 out of every 100 eligible children benefited. Part of the challenge is lack of awareness about the meal program.
The new N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs logo was designed by the first place winner and the mascot was created by the first-runner up team of students. The contest was open to students in grades six through 12. Submitted logos were required to be original and created completely by the student. Only one entry of artwork, a logo and a tagline, per student/student group was allowed.