And Fady Maoud, 8, agreed to try mushrooms. “I might start liking mushrooms,” he said. Before they ate their salads, Osland gave a lesson on nutrition to help make her students healthy eaters. They munched their food, then drew pictures and wrote descriptions of ingredients they liked and disliked. “I believe that if you provide the choice, they’ll make healthy decisions,” Osland said. “They just need to be informed.” MANHATTAN BEACH Sony design award won by CSULB student Manhattan Beach resident Jesse Moyer has placed second in a student design competition sponsored by Sony. She created a logo that was inspired by a locus, a fixed position on a chromosome or genetic marker, for the electronic company’s line of high-definition products. Moyer is an interior architectural design student at California State University, Long Beach. She plans to graduate in May 2009. Moyer was given a $2,000 grant, and the Cal State Long Beach design department was awarded a $1,000 grant. LAUSD Food services director hired to oversee menus Two months after hiring an executive chef to improve school cafeteria food, the Los Angeles Unified School District appointed a new deputy director of food services. The district named David Binkle to the post Dec. 20. Binkle will oversee school menus and ensure the district’s food meets nutritional standards. The department delivers 500,000 meals a day to more than 700 schools. Binkle was a senior food service manager at California State University, Fresno. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health and recreation from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chocolate truffles, Santa cookies and pumpkin pie were nowhere to be found on a table in Xylina Osland’s third-grade classroom. Osland aimed for a more nutritional approach to the annual holiday party for her students at Carr Elementary School in Torrance. Instead of sugary treats, she spread out baby carrots, kidney beans and “craisins” (cranberry raisins). Sunflower seeds and tomato wedges lined up next to garbanzo beans and blueberries. Students had signed up to bring items for the Souplantation-style buffet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonTaking small salad bowls, the third-graders chose ingredients as Osland nudged them to try new foods. Karen Bailey, 8, scrunched her face when she realized she had sprinkled craisins, instead of raisins, on her lettuce. At Osland’s urging, Karen bit off a piece of one. “It was sweet and tart at the same time,” Karen said. “I thought it would be gross.” Reyna Hinojosa, 8, said she liked the Italian-style gourmet dressing snatched by Ross Piscitello, 8, from Mom’s Weight Watchers stash.