Hello Everyone! We would like to welcome back our great staff, students, faculty, and administrators as we start another awesome school year. The last year was filled with so many challenges and obstacles but we persevered as a district. We believe that this year will be filled with promise and positivity as we continue to navigate through the pandemic and work to keep everyone as safe as possible. We appreciate the support of our HCS community and the numerous families that we are able to assist with nutritious meals. This school year will be another meaningful journey and we look forward to embarking upon it with all of you.

- H.Ward

Inspirational Quote of the Month

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

― Barack Obama



Positions available:

  • CNP Worker

  • CNP Supervisor
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We Appreciate The Child Nutrition Program Staff!

Our staff is doing such a great job dealing with the pressures of being short-staffed and facing the demands of implementing several programs to feed our children before, during, and after school. We thank them for all of the hard work they do and without them, this program would be ineffective and unsuccessful!!!

10 Back to School Ideas That’ll Get Your Kids Excited

Are your kids bummed about the end of summer? These back-to-school ideas will get them excited to go back.

Ah, back-to-school time. No matter your kid’s age, the transition back to the classroom can be a tough one, even if you spring for a new backpack that looks like a unicorn. And if your kids are doing virtual learning this fall, the transition may have a few extra challenges. Here are some back-to-school ideas that your kids will actually be excited about.

1. Create a Back-to-School Survival Kit

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Get a small container—like a pencil box or a zippered makeup bag—and fill it with things that you think your kid might find helpful or comforting when they head back to class. Depending on their age, your back-to-school kit might include things like gum or candy, fun pens, and pencils, stickers, a hairbrush, lotion, lip gloss, hand sanitizer, a stress ball, a few dollars for the vending machine or an encouraging note from mom or dad. If you’ve got a groaning teenager on your hands, try swapping out the kiddie goodies for snacks, gum, mini lotion or hand sanitizer, a water bottle or a gift card to their favorite fast-casual restaurant.

2. Go on a Back-to-School Shopping Trip

This is a surefire way to get your kid excited to go back to school. (Because what kid wouldn’t love to get brand new clothes and school supplies?) Make sure you don’t leave the house without a list of the essentials (especially for dorm room shopping!).

Psst—Add these back-to-school snacks to your list for your little ones.

3. Bake Up a Batch of Treats

Saying goodbye to summer and hello to the classroom (or dining room table) can be a tough transition, but luckily, there’s nothing that a batch of back-to-school cookies can’t fix! If a tray of cookies greets your students when they walk through the door, there’s a good chance they’ll forget all about that first-day homework assignment.

Don’t forget about those college students! Send them a care package treat.

4. Pick Up These Picture Books

Back-to-School Idea Best For: Elementary Students

For younger kids, reading picture books about the first day of school can help squelch some of their fear and anxiety. After all, if the Pout-Pout Fish isn’t scared, there’s no reason they need to be. Good picks include: First Day Jitters, The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, The Night Before Preschool, Kindergarten, Here I Come or The Kissing Hand.

5. Prepare Yummy School Lunches

Break from tradition for the first week of school. Sure, PB&J in a brown bag is all good and fine, but to make your kiddo feel extra special, pack some of their faves for lunch—spinach turkey pinwheels, peanut butter pitas or pizza wraps. Hungry for more? Try our favorite lunch box ideas. Or if your kid is old enough, have them whip up their own lunch (like one of these easy recipes they can make themselves!)

6. Carve Out a Kid Cave

Anybody who’s ever picked up a grumpy kid from school knows they need some downtime after a day of rules to unwind. The first week back might be kind of stressful for your kids, so providing them with a spot simply for relaxing might do the trick. This could be as simple as creating a cozy fort and gathering some new books, a juice box, and one of these yummy snack ideas.

7. DIY a Portable Homework Station



Blogger Becky of Clean Mama had the great idea to create a homework station out of a Target cutlery caddy. Fill canning jars with homework essentials—like pencils, markers, a ruler, and stickers. You could even put some energizing snacks in one cup, like this granola trail mix, to help keep the brain fueled up and ready to conquer algebra. You’ve got to check out these at-home classroom products, too!

8. Decorate Back-to-School Essentials

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Add a personal touch to lockers, planners, notebooks, and binders. Middle schoolers will love creating collages of photos and stickers onto their school essentials. Try out a more sophisticated look for high school or college kids by using washi tape and decorative felt pens.

9. Make a Back-to-School Craft

Back to School DIY projects

Make a back-to-school craft for homeroom or their dorm room! Middle schoolers will love these washi tape pencils, high schoolers will stay organized in style with these homemade pocket folders and your college student will use this hanging paper organizer daily. Make them as a gift or send these ideas to your kid to make on their own.

10. Sign Up For School Activities and Organizations

Looking for another way to get your older kids excited to go back to school? Have them sign up for school sports, activities and organizations! If your teen (or pre-teen) is heading into middle school, high school or college for the first time, have them do a little extra research before their first day so they can have a good idea of which clubs they’d like to join. College students can do a little digging on their college’s website and social media pages for ideas, too.

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Updated: Aug. 25, 2021

We Are Back In School!!


A recent School Nutrition Association survey of school districts across the US reported an 85% growth in school meal participation since pandemic-related closures, and USDA waivers put in place have allowed students to eat off-site and have waived income thresholds to receive the food. The current waiver is set to expire in June 2022, but California recently passed a statewide budget plan that includes universal school meal funding and federal legislation is being considered in Congress to establish a national universal meal program.

Brussels sprouts contain glucosinolates that combat oxidative stress and prevent cellular damage, and they also have antioxidants such as manganese and vitamins A and C, says registered dietitian nutritionist Annamaria Louloudis. Registered dietitian Kylie Ivanir adds that Brussel sprouts have vitamin K that helps with bone formation, as well as soluble fiber essential in maintaining a healthy gut.

  • USDA seeks input on schools' "Buy American" rules

The USDA will review its "Buy American" provisions for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The department is asking for public feedback on the provisions, including how they are implemented and what support might be needed.


Mrs. Janice Maples, Challenger Elementary/Middle School

Mrs. Janice Maples has been with the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) at Huntsville City Schools for 19 years. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. Janice has two children named Ernie and David and she has six grandchildren named Amber, Dawn, David Tucker, Maddie, Precious, and Passion. Janice also has two Great Grand Children named Keelie and Lorelie.

Janice describes herself as a person who is not very outgoing, and some would say she is shy. She puts her family and her church before anything. She loves working at Huntsville City Schools and feeding the children. Janice has also resided in Madison, Alabama in past years. Prior to working at Huntsville City Schools, Janice was employed doing private patient care, and in fast food which includes Burger Chef, and Chick-fil-a. She also was employed at Automatic Electric.

Janice says that she loves her job in CNP as it entails feeding the children and knowing that no child goes hungry which means the world to her. Also, when the children give her a hug or a smile it makes her feel loved. When Janice is not working she likes to attend church, go bowling with her friends, cooking, watching cooking shows, and going shopping.

Janice states that she is motivated to work in CNP by her family and feeding the children. The highlight of Janice’s career was being known as a good baker and a good cook. Her favorite food to eat is steak and shrimp. She expresses that she is really good at making and decorating cakes. Janice’s favorite music is Motown songs and 70’s music. Janice loves to work in Child Nutrition because it is a good job and the relationships she has with her coworkers. She also does baking & rummage sales for her church and feeds the mentally challenged adults at a facility called Our Place every Thanksgiving in her spare time.

Janice explains that if she were not in Child Nutrition then she would be solely taking care of her grandchildren and her family. Her favorite hobby is cooking, and she feels that CNP is important because there are so many children that don’t know where their next meal is coming from. She also believes that you can’t teach a hungry child. CNP also gives her the ability to give a smile or hug to the children to let them know someone cares for them. Janice’s favorite sport is football where she cheers for the Alabama Crimson Tide. She hopes one day to be able to travel freely and spend more time with her family. Janice defines success as completing the tasks at hand and being the best that you can be.

Welcome To The Team!

Monshell Acklin

Kembra Atkins

Nelly Fomby

Brandi Freeman

Tomesha Jones

Wanda Kimbrough

Rebecca King

Crystal Majors

Millicent Steere

Sylvia Townsend

Maya White

Special Recognition and Thank You!

We want to show our great appreciation for the Child Nutrition Program Team from Highlands Elementary. They are led by the CNP Supervisor Ms. Connie Harper. The CNP staff includes Latisha Harden, Vivian Turner, and Marie Keating. These individuals are currently making it possible to feed the students from Highlands Elementary which is currently under construction at the Calvary Hills campus where they have been temporarily relocated.

Excellent job ladies!!!


Connie Harper 8/1

Diann Bentley 8/19

Kim Riley 8/20

Lamanda Thompson 8/22

Pam Majors 8/27


Rhonda Butler 24 years

Emily Battle 23 years

Joyce Collier 22 years

Patricia Fletcher 22 years

Rene Beasley 20 years

Janice Maples 19 years

Vertricia Burgess 17 years

Lashunda Freeman 16 years

Tarsha Hudson 16 years

Janet Sharp 16 years

Patricia Jefferson 16 years

Gladys Hassan 15 years

Jackie Pruitt 15 years

Diann Bentley 9 years

Ron Ryce 3 years

Elsa Santos 3 years

Maria King 3 years

Luz Arnold 3 years

Michelle Hill 3 years

Amanda Jansen 3 years