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Perfect Pitch

How to present your killer idea to an idea killer—and get them to change their tune! Everyone knows an idea killer. You might call them a naysayer, a stick-in-the-mud, a…

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Let Your Imagination Take Flight!

Everyone is creative—a little practice will help build your skills and confidence. You might be a whiz at programming the combi oven to cook hamburgers to perfection, or perhaps you…

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Shannon Ebron posing with her book "Check-in & Color - A coloring book & gratitude journal for school nutrition professionals"

From “What if?” to “WOW!”

The inspiring story of how one woman’s fearless foray into self-publishing led to a pay-it-forward chain of restorative creativity. “I really wanted to write a children’s book,” recounts Shannon Ebron,…

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Imagi-FAME-tion in Action

Following the path from imagination to innovation—reflections from the 2023 FAME winners. There’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter approach to running a school meals operation. Every district has distinctive…

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Just Imagine…

You do it all the time, even if you don’t realize it. You imagine the delighted expression of the student who gets the special Lucky Tray giveaway. You imagine the…

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The Café Caters

A deep dive into one school nutrition department’s decision to launch a district-wide catering program. Why and how you might consider following their lead. Guests said the cookies and brownies…

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Best. Birthday. Ever.

Discover three inventive approaches to surprising and delighting students on their special day. When school districts first began crafting and implementing local wellness policies almost 20 years ago, as part…

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Beyond the Party Platter

It might be a matter of philosophy, with one district simply not wanting to manage a for-profit business alongside a non-profit one or opting against competing with local businesses. A…

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Carpe Diem!

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8 Tips When Considering a Bold Career Move

A bold career move requires careful consideration and planning. From a career coach who helps professionals design their future work lives, here are eight tips to consider before you take…

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