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Battle Ground schools' summer meals program offers nutritious meals to kids - 06/27/19

Children and teens ages 1-18 can enjoy a free lunch in Battle Ground this summer through the Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP) for children. The program addresses the need for nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. It is sponsored by Battle Ground Public Schools and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Lunches will be provided at two Battle Ground locations:

  • Kiwanis Park, 422 SW Second Ave., June 24–Aug. 16 (lunch will not be served July 4). Lunch will be served Monday–Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Maple Grove cafeteria, 610 SW Eaton Blvd., July 22–Aug. 18; no meal service is provided at this location on Fridays. Lunch will be served Monday–Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children do not need to attend a Battle Ground school to participate; all children and teens are welcome. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to the USDA by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or by fax at (202) 690-7442; or by email: program.intake@usda.gov.

Barb Holterman, WAEA's 2019 Elementary Art Educator of the Year
Barb Holterman, WAEA's 2019 Elementary Art Educator of the Year
Battle Ground teacher named Elementary Art Educator of the Year (Photo) - 06/18/19

Barb Holterman, an art teacher at Pleasant Valley Primary School, has been named the Washington Art Education Association’s (WAEA) 2019 Elementary Art Educator of the Year. The annual award seeks to recognize outstanding professionalism, service, promotion and support of the arts by individual art educators in the state.

Holterman is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been with Battle Ground Public Schools for 14 years. Holterman taught art at Amboy Middle School her first year with the district, and has been at Pleasant Valley Primary school ever since.   

“Student engagement is a huge part of what I do,” Holterman said. “Giving my students the opportunity to drive their own learning and helping them reach the next level has given me great joy, and I love coming to school every day just to see what they will do next.”

After being nominated by Cynthia Gaub, a visual art educator at North Middle School in Everett, Wash. and the former president of the WAEA, Holterman outscored the other candidates on WAEA’s comprehensive scoring rubric to become this year’s Elementary School Art Educator of the Year Award recipient.

"Barb is an enthusiastic educator who is always looking for new ways to engage her students,” Gaub said. “Her passion for art education is infectious, and she’s taken proactive steps to be a leader amongst her peers, volunteering to be on the WAEA’s conference planning committee for the past several years. She is an inspiring educator who is more than worthy of this recognition.”

The award will be presented to Holterman during a WAEA gala event November 1-2 in Leavenworth. By receiving this award, Holterman also becomes eligible for future nominations for regional and national recognition.

More information about WAEA and this award is online: www.waea.net.