The James F. Doughty School is the grand prize winner of the National Peanut Board’s Peanut Butter & Beyond Contest. The winning entry focused on using peanut shells as a biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging and was submitted by JFDS science educator Tracy Vassiliev and school nutrition services director Noelle Scott.
As the winner of the nationwide contest, eighth graders at JFDS will have a live virtual visit from Taylor Richardson (aka @astronautstarbright), a college freshman, aspiring astronaut and advocate for girls and people of color in STEM.
Richardson’s virtual visit will take place at JFDS on November 15, 2022 from 1:45-2:30 pm ET.
NPB’s Peanut Butter & Beyond campaign encouraged collaboration between what students eat and what they learn at school, connecting peanuts and peanut butter to STEM topics. The JFDS classes also won up to $5,000 for STEM projects, a peanut butter donation to a local food bank, and Jif peanut butter snacks.
“The entry from James F. Doughty School won because it used a familiar and humble food like peanuts to help students understand and experiment with a complex science concept,” said NPB Director Lauren Highfill Williams. “Peanuts are a naturally sustainable food so considering them as a sustainable packaging source is a perfect match.
“JFDS also serves peanut items in their school and uses best practices to manage food allergens,” said Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RD, LD, NPB consultant. “This approach helps keep students with peanut and other food allergies safe while providing nutritious, delicious and affordable foods like peanuts and peanut butter on the menu.”
About Taylor Richardson
Freshman at Spelman College Taylor Richardson, 18, is an advocate, activist, philanthropist and speaker. She wants to be a physician, scientist and astronaut. Taylor’s service and advocacy work have an incredible trajectory that began when she was nine and attended Space Camp. Taylor has raised over $250,000 to help girls interested in STEM and has been on the covers of two Scholastic Science magazines and was 2017 Girl of the Year for Women in Aviation.
About Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD
Sherry Coleman Collins is a registered dietitian nutritionist and was formerly the area supervisor for food and nutrition services for the second-largest school district in Georgia. Her areas of practice include nutrition communications, food allergies, digestive wellness, and culinary nutrition. As a communicator, Sherry is a sought-after speaker and has presented at professional and consumer conferences across the country. Sherry has published dozens of articles in a variety of print and online publications and serves as an expert to the media. With a particular interest and expertise in food allergies & digestive health, her professional accomplishments include developing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Certificate of Training in Food Allergies and authoring the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Practice Paper, The Role of the RDN in Food Allergy Diagnosis and Management. Sherry serves as a consultant for National Peanut Board.
About National Peanut Board
The National Peanut Board works to improve the economic condition of America’s peanut farmers and their families through compelling promotion and groundbreaking research. The Board is committed to finding food allergy solutions and has invested more than $33 million in food allergy outreach, education and research. Visit nationalpeanutboard.org and peanutsinschools.org for more information.