LES sweet potato project named one of best in N.C.

April 9, 2014

Lilesville Elementary School is one of three schools in the county that was selected as first place winners of the N.C. Sweet Potato Month Promotion. The judges were very impressed with the broad range of activities the schools took part in and how the entire school was involved. North Carolina Department of Agriculture marketing specialist Heather Barnes will be coming to visit Anson County Schools at some point in the near future.

Sweet potatoes have been around since the prehistoric times and some scientists believe that dinosaurs might have eaten these delicious vegetables. They have been cultivated in the audited States for centuries and North Carolina leads all other states in Sweet potato production, producing about 40 percent of the national supply.

To promote good nutrition and celebrate National Sweet Potato Month in February, the Lilesville Elementary School Cafeteria hosted a sweet potato decorating contest. Classrooms were provided a sweet potato, the Official Vegetable of the State of North Carolina and contest rules. Categories included best decorated, most unusual, and looks most like an animal.