Governor's office recognizes Harrisonburg schools for lunch bus, learning center

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The first-ever recipients of the Governor's Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education were announced last week in Richmond.

The Mobile Cafe — a bus converted into a cafeteria on wheels, designed to provide lunch to kids in Harrisonburg during the summer months — was among the programs recognized.

Executive Director for School Nutrition Andrea Early said with the hard work of several employees, the program was a success among students and parents.

"The property managers and sight volunteers, our cafeteria staff who made the food, our staff who rode the bus each day — many people really worked hard to get this project off the ground," said Early.

Early said next summer the bus plans to stop at an additional two locations.

In addition to the Mobile Cafe, Sharon Shuttle and Anita Warner at the Elon Rhodes Early Learning Center were recognized for their efforts to provide early learning opportunities for at-risk three and four-year-olds in the city.

Governor McAuliffe said the recipients of the award are "at the forefront" of an effort to "reduce the achievement gap."

You can see the other recipients of the awards here.