From students learning about healthy eating habits to local businesses volunteering their time to give back, there was plenty of good news to share last week throughout Northeast Mississippi.

Before we prepare for the week ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from last week:

Joyner Elementary School students got a full serving of vegetables at lunch last week compliments of the school’s new salad bar.

  • Joyner students ate fresh kale salad, other greens, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and celery, among other items, Tuesday after the school opened the salad bar for the first time. Parkway Elementary School introduced its salad bar on Monday, and some items in the salad bars at both schools were provided by Native Son Farm. The two elementary schools are currently the only Tupelo Public School District elementary campuses to feature salad bars for students. The salad bars will be permanent features in the schools’ cafeterias. The salad bars were funded by a grant from the Chef Ann Foundation’s “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” program and are an overall addition to the district’s “Growing Health Waves” program. We applaud the school district’s initiative to introduce healthy eating habits to students early on to hopefully promote healthy lifestyles later in life.
  • While high school and college students were graduating from their respective schools so were a group of sixth-grade students preparing to advance to the middle school. Milam School students participated in a promotion ceremony receiving awards and a certificate of completion after walking across the stage. The ceremony is a tradition that has been going on for years at the school and one that school leaders say the students enjoy. They call each new step “one mile,” as this was one of those steps. We congratulate all the sixth-graders advancing to the middle school and wish them well on their new journey.
  • Volunteers from two local employers – Sherwin Williams and Trustmark Bank – donated their time and efforts to give the Boys & Girls Club facility Northside Campus off North Green Street a brand new coat of paint. Every May, more than 4,000 Sherwin Williams stores join together for their “National Painting Week,” a celebration dedicated to giving homes and communities a fresh coat of paint. The painting business provides the fresh coat of paint, free of charge, to charities of need in local communities. May is also the time for Trustmark Bank’s annual “Gift of Time” where bank locations donate their time and money to their communities. We thank these businesses for donating their time and energy to give back to such a deserving organization that serves our community.

Those are just a few of the great things that took place in our community last week, but we know there will be plenty more to share with you next week.

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