February 9, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 5


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs across West Virginia were recognized today by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice with an executive proclamation naming February JROTC Month.

The Governor highlights the many benefits JROTC programs bring to West Virginia students, including preparing “students to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives by teaching personal responsibility, enhancing leadership skills, experiencing the value of teamwork, and discovering the benefits of self-confidence.”

“JROTC programs have a life-long, positive impact on the cadets that participate,” said Governor Jim Justice. “By proclaiming February JROTC Month, I want to bring attention to the incredible work of the dedicated professionals that are instructing these programs in our secondary schools across the state, and to encourage more West Virginia students to explore this wonderful opportunity that participation in JROTC provides.”

The JROTC program provides students with the skills needed to be successful in future careers or post-secondary endeavors. The JROTC program places a major focus on leadership, and cadets are expected to engage in civic and social conerns of their communities, government and society at large. The skillsets presented through the program prepares cadets to become future leaders and productive citizens of society.

“JROTC cadets graduate not only as accomplished students, but as globally-minded and responsible citizens,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “I applaud the Governor for making February JROTC Month and shining a light on this incredible program and the cadets and instructors working every day to better the Mountain State.”

Currently, more than 3,000 students in 35 high schools and career technical centers across West Virginia are enrolled in Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy JROTC units.

The JROTC program falls under the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical Education, and February is also National Career Technical Education Month®. There are currently 24,000 students in 1,200 simulated workplace companies across the state. The programs of study, including the JROTC program, provide a skill-based foundation needed for gainful employment or post-secondary education options.

The Governor’s Proclamation can be found here: https://wvde.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/JROTC-Proclamation.pdf

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia day care providers seeking ways to serve nutritious, healthy meals may qualify for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). The program offers cash reimbursements for meals served to children and USDA donated foods.

Children enrolled at childcare centers or other facilities participating in the child and adult care food program receive free meals. The reimbursement rate to providers depends on the number of children eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Participants may be reimbursed for up to three meal types including breakfast, lunch, snacks or supper.

Eligible childcare centers are licensed or approved public or private non-profit facilities. For-profit child care centers also are eligible if they receive compensation under Title XX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of the children enrolled, or if at least 25 percent of the children they serve are eligible for free or reduced price school meals.

Licensed or registered family day care home providers also may participate in the program under the auspices of an approved family day care sponsoring organization.

There are 9 approved sponsors throughout West Virginia. Additionally, homeless shelters providing services for families and after-school programs located in low-income areas can participate. Program sponsors provide meals at no extra charge to all enrolled participants or participating facilities.

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 USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights 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 reques0ted in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) MAIL: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) FAX: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) EMAIL: program.intake@usda.gov.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is seeking partnerships with organizations across the state to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer months. When school is out of session during the summer months, community programs and organizations are vital to ensuring children in West Virginia are still receiving the nutrition they need, especially in low-income areas.

County boards of education, local government agencies and other nonprofit organizations can participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which ensures children (ages 18 and under) in lower-income areas continue to receive free, nutritious meals during the summer when they do not have access to the programs that are available to them during the school year, like the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program. Feeding sites often include schools, churches, community centers, pools, parks, libraries, housing complexes and summer camps.

“Supporting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Paine. “Children require consistent, good-quality nutrition for development of their minds and bodies. We want to make certain every child returns to the classroom ready to learn.”

An average of 179,000 children in West Virginia, about 67 percent of school children, depend on free and reduced-price meals at school, yet only about 20,000 receive the free meals provided by the SFSP.

“In 2017, 507 Summer Food Program sites provided nutritious meals to children in West Virginia and we believe many organizations will renew their commitment for 2018,” said Amanda Harrison, Executive Director of the Office of Child Nutrition. “We encourage new organizations in communities all across the Mountain State to join us so the number of sites can grow and more children have access to healthy meals.”

Organizations interested in becoming a 2018 summer sponsor should contact Cybele Boehm or Samantha Reeves with the Office of Child Nutrition at cboehm@k12.wv.us  or snsuffer@k12.wv.usor by calling (304) 558-2709. Summer sites will be announced in May 2018.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications. For additional information, contact Jessica Hall at 304-558-2699 or Jessica.Hall@k12.wv.us.

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