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National School Lunch Week

October 13-17, 2014 was National School Lunch Week and a time to recognize the hard work and preparation that goes into making school lunches. The cafeteria staff at Poplin Elementary School is made up of four ladies who begin their days at 6:00 a.m. preparing food for students.

On average 325 students purchase a school lunch and over 80 students purchase breakfast each day at Poplin. Jeannine Pultorak, who is the Cafeteria Manager, has worked in elementary, middle and high schools within UCPS, but says she enjoys elementary the most. Pultorak commends her staff and says they each work hard to do as much as possible to prepare for the next day. She says UCPS is one of only a few school districts who prepare a lot of food from scratch. Pultorak says the best part of the job is being there to give a hug or two as needed and she enjoys talking to the students and getting to know them.

The cafeteria staff is also made up of Tammie Mennitt, Danya Stroupe, and Emelia Martinez. Last week all of the classes competed to see which class would purchase the most school lunches during National School Lunch Week. There was a tie between Mrs. Ruby’s First Grade class and Ms. Boger’s Fourth Grade Class. Both classes have won a free dessert!

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Planting Trees at Wise Acre Farms photo

Planting Trees at Wise Acre Farms

Third Grade students visited the Wise Acres Farm on Thursday, October 9, 2014 for a special tree-planting event. The Wise Acre Farm lost oak trees during a storm this past Spring. One of the customers of the farm is also an arborist for Union Power and offered to host an arbor event at the farm. The owners of the farm have a daughter who is a third grade student at Poplin and because of this connection wanted to see if the school was interested in participating in the event. Union Power supplied four 15-inch trees to plant and also offered a fun lesson for students about tree planting and the importance of taking care of trees.

 Destine Matthews, a third-grade in Patricia Murphy’s class, said she learned “Trees are important because they help us breathe and help our heart and lungs.” Another third grader, Ava Dunkel who is in Josh Roskoskey’s class, said she learned about fertilizer for trees, about the roots of trees, and things you can do to help new trees grow. But the trees weren’t Ava’s favorite part of the field trip. Her favorite part was when a few of the third-grade teachers got a chance to ride up high in Union Power’s tree bucket. The Wise Acre Organic Farm is located near Poplin Elementary on Hartis Road.

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