Cary Spotlight | Issue #227

Cary's Nutrition Initiatives, Architect's D-Day Memorial, 80 Years Since June 6, 1944

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📰 Federal, Local Leaders Tackle Student Nutrition Challenges in Cary

📰 From Cary to Normandy: Local Architect's Tribute to D-Day Heroes

📰 The 80th Anniversary of D-Day: A Look Back at June 6, 1944

📰 Book Recon: 7 powerful lessons from "The Art Of Saying NO"

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Federal, Local Leaders Tackle Student Nutrition Challenges in Cary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is intensifying efforts to improve access to nutritious meals for students in Wake County, North Carolina, as part of a broader initiative to enhance educational outcomes through better diet. Cindy Long, from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, visited Kingswood Magnet Elementary in Cary to discuss these initiatives and observe their implementation firsthand.

During her visit, Long engaged with students over lunch and participated in discussions with local educational leaders about the significance of healthy meals. The discussions highlighted successful programs such as Breakfast after the Bell and Farm-to-Table, which also supports local agriculture. These initiatives are part of ongoing efforts to address challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, with local officials stressing the need for continued support from all levels of government.

Wake County officials, including Monika Johnson-Hostler of the School Board and Matt Calabria of the County Board of Commissioners, emphasized the critical link between nutrition and academic performance, citing reduced absenteeism and improved student outcomes. With food prices on the rise, the district faces challenges in maintaining and expanding these nutritional programs, prompting calls for increased state and federal funding to bridge the financial gap. Read full article

From Cary to Normandy: Local Architect's Tribute to D-Day Heroes

On the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Matt Pearson from Studio X Design has unveiled a monument in Normandy honoring the Naval Combat Demolition Units and Scouts and Raiders, precursors to modern Navy SEALS.

The design incorporates materials like French stone and weathered steel to symbolize elements of the historic battle, embedding deep educational and memorial value.

Pearson's personal connection to the event through his grandfather, who participated in D-Day, adds a poignant touch to the tribute, highlighting the monument’s role in preserving the memory of the Allied efforts. Read full story

The 80th Anniversary of D-Day: A Look Back at June 6, 1944

On June 6, 1944, the world witnessed one of the most significant military operations in history as Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, marking a pivotal turn in World War II.

Known universally as D-Day, this designation is employed in military planning to indicate the launch date of a major operation. On this 80th anniversary, it’s pivotal to remember not just the scale of this endeavor—the largest seaborne invasion ever—but also its critical role in undermining the Nazi regime in Europe.

The operation, which saw thousands of vessels, aircraft, and 170, 000 troops converge on the French coast, was the culmination of meticulous planning and strategic secrecy, aiming to establish a formidable western front against Germany.

The success of D-Day not only boosted Allied morale but significantly hastened the decline of Nazi control over occupied territories, contributing decisively to the eventual restoration of peace and liberty in Europe.

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7 powerful lessons from "The Art Of Saying NO" by Damon Zahariades

Mastering the Art of Saying No: A Guide to Reclaiming Your Time and Energy

Damon Zahariades' book offers a compelling exploration into the transformative power of saying no. It delves into seven crucial lessons aimed at fostering a healthy relationship with oneself and others through the establishment of clear boundaries.

These lessons emphasize the significance of understanding personal values, the importance of assertive communication, preparing for resistance, and overcoming guilt associated with asserting one's needs. By applying these principles, individuals can reclaim their time and energy, asserting control over their lives in a manner that aligns with their true aspirations and values.

1. The Significance of Boundaries: Establishing healthy boundaries is essential, not selfish, for protecting personal time, energy, and well-being. It's a key step in avoiding being overburdened by the expectations of others.

2. Clarifying Values and Priorities: Understanding one's own values and priorities is crucial for making decisions that resonate with personal goals, rather than being swayed by external demands.

3. Assertive Communication: It involves expressing oneself clearly and directly while respecting others, crucial for effectively saying no without apologizing or justifying oneself unnecessarily.

4. Preparing for Resistance: Anticipating and preparing for resistance strengthens one's resolve in maintaining boundaries, ensuring a readiness to respond to pushback with confidence.

5. Overcoming Guilt: Learning to say no without guilt is vital for self-care; it requires challenging negative thoughts and focusing on the benefits of boundary-setting.

6. Applicability to All Requests: The principle of saying no is universally applicable, from declining major commitments to turning down minor invitations, emphasizing the importance of respecting one's limits.

7. Self-Care Through Refusal: Saying no is a powerful act of self-care, underscoring the importance of prioritizing personal needs and well-being to lead a balanced life.

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The Answer to the Cary Spotlight Hook Trivia Question 👇👇👇

The world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, is located in Uyuni, Bolivia. This expansive salt flat spans over 10,000 square kilometers and is renowned for its surreal landscapes that create a mirror effect during the rainy season. Salar de Uyuni is a major tourist attraction, offering breathtaking views and unique photo opportunities, and it also plays a crucial role in the local and global economy due to its abundant lithium reserves. Learn More