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Parent liaison inspires school nutrition professionals

The Clayton County Schools Nutrition Association met Wednesday at North Clayton Middle School. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

The Clayton County Schools Nutrition Association met Wednesday at North Clayton Middle School. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Members of the Clayton County Schools Nutrition Association met Wednesday to discuss ways they can help their school communities. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

RIVERDALE — Members shook their heads in agreement with Yvonne Tigner, the parent liaison at North Clayton Middle School.

The school hosted this month’s meeting of the Clayton County Schools Nutrition Association.

Karen Seay is president of the association and presided over the meeting, by introducing Tigner and several others as speakers for the occasion.

Tigner spoke to the association about the role it plays in the school community and how individual nutrition workers can influence students at their schools.

“Please, smile at our children,” she said. “A lot of time you are the only one who can help brighten their day.”

She encouraged members of the association to develop a relationship within the community in order to be support and to find support when it is needed.

“It’s very important that we as a community come together,” said Tigner. “The relationship between school, community and home is very important.”

She also pointed to the school district’s participation in the federal Community Eligibility Option program, which allows every student to receive free meals. She said the program, coupled with the district’s emphasis on healthy eating, has made a visible impact on students.

“We have more scholars that are eating now,” said Tigner. “It’s everybody’s responsibility to promote good eating. Proper nutrition also helps with school attendance because children are healthier and miss fewer days of school.”

North Clayton Middle Assistant Principal Dr. Larry Roberts agreed with Tigner, telling the group of school nutrition professionals of the role nutrition plays in students’ academic success.

“That’s our main goal, to provide a nutritious meal to our scholars so that they can perform well throughout the day,” said Roberts.