‘Super buckets’ for Super Bowl wins

Fifth-grader Cooper Lee won the Super Bowl LIII bucket at East Jackson Elementary School. With her are members of the EJES school nutrition team, from left, Dan Morris, Jenny Westmoreland, Tiffany Brown, Erica Applewhite, Elaine Graham, and Martha Bart.

Fifth-grader Cooper Lee won the Super Bowl LIII bucket at East Jackson Elementary School. With her are members of the EJES school nutrition team, from left, Dan Morris, Jenny Westmoreland, Tiffany Brown, Erica Applewhite, Elaine Graham, and Martha Bart.

The Jackson County School System celebrated Super Bowl LIII with creative menus and prize buckets for students across the county earlier this month.

From “Blindside BBQ Chicken” sandwiches and “Halftime Show Hot Dogs,” to “Touchdown Tacos” and “NFL Nachos” (and even “Blitz Burgers”), school nutrition department workers and their leader, Dr. Debra Morris, had fun with the students while encouraging participation in the school lunch program.

Big buckets of goodies were at stake at every school. Winners’ names were drawn from among students who chose meals planned and prepared in their school cafeterias during the week leading up to the National Football League championship game, which was played in Atlanta Feb. 3.

Donors provided prizes, including merchandise from Nike Factory Store at Tanger Outlet, snack foods from Kellogg’s, beverages from Talking Rain, and rounds of miniature golf at Funopolis Family Fun Center in Commerce.

Next on the calendar? A celebration of March Madness, the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball championships, according to Dr. Morris. Parents are encouraged to watch the social media pages of their children’s schools for details of the event, set for the last week of the month.

Super Bowl winners at the elementary schools were Taylor Giles, fourth grade, North Jackson; Matthew Lomax, third grade, Maysville; Cooper Lee, fifth grade, East Jackson; Levi Thomas, second grade, Gum Springs; Molly Marsden, fourth grade, South Jackson; and Jordan Montano, fourth grade, West Jackson.

Middle school winners were Isaac Diaz, seventh grade, East Jackson, and Ntuj Tshiab Yang, sixth grade, West Jackson. Skilenthius Hilbert, 12th grade, and Kristen Canup, 11th grade, were the winners at Jackson County and East Jackson comprehensive high schools, respectively.

The JCSS school nutrition department serves more than 1.2 million meals each year to the approximately 8,000 students in six elementary, two middle and two high schools across the county.

Among the Super Bowl super bucket winners are, from left, Kristen Canup, EJCHS; Levi Thomas, GSES; Matthew Lomax, MES; and Taylor Giles, NJES.

Among the Super Bowl super bucket winners are, from left, Kristen Canup, EJCHS; Levi Thomas, GSES; Matthew Lomax, MES; and Taylor Giles, NJES.