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Education Briefs: School lunches, scholarship options

Farm Bill includes Cantwell efforts on school lunches

Hummus, peas and lentils will be on the menu in more schools, supporting Washington farmers, thanks to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., as the Farm Bill signed into law last week includes her provisions to pave the way for healthier school meals and for research to definitively establish the health benefits of peas, chickpeas and lentils.

The bill includes several Cantwell-backed provisions, including creating a program to enable the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use more healthy chickpeas, peas and lentils as a protein source for school meals.

Cantwell’s provision will authorize $10 million through 2017 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase crops to use in school breakfasts and lunches. This could include raw beans and lentils as well as foods made from pulse crops, such as hummus.

Monte students to offer dinner theater

Montesano Junior/Senior High’s drama club is hosting a dinner theater at 6 p.m. both Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. Advanced tickets may be purchased at Valu Drug in Montesano or the school. Adults cost $12, students $8. At the door, prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The menu is jambalaya, cornbread, salad and cheesecake. There is also a dessert-only matineee at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2. Tickets for that show will be sold at the door only and cost $8 for adults and $6 for students.

Sheriff’s Assoc. offers $1,500 scholarship

The Grays Harbor Deputy Sheriff’s Association is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a county student who will be finishing pre-college studies by June.

To be eligible, the applicant must reside in the county and enroll in a college, technical or vocational school within a year. Applications have been distributed to all high school advisers or you can contact the association at (360) 964-1711. Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.