Join Learning ZoneXpress as we celebrate with schools across the United States for School Lunch Hero Day (May 1) and School Nutrition Employee Week (May 4-8).” All week long, schools will be taking the opportunity to thank all of the hardworking school nutrition professionals that strive to make their schools meals healthier.
Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, School Nutrition Professionals are truly one of the hardest working professions out there!
In honor of School Nutrition Employee Week, we offered School Nutrition Professionals the opportunity to enter for a chance to win Choose MyPlate aprons for their entire staff. We asked for short stories of themselves or someone on their team doing great work in their cafeteria. The response to this giveaway was AMAZING! We received hundreds of submissions. All of these entries were fantastic stories of School Nutrition Professionals going above and beyond their job descriptions.
It was tough to draw just ONE winner, because every one of our entries was a “winning” story, but we could only draw one! Congratulations to Kary Towne, School Nurse and the cafeteria staff at South Burlington School District in Vermont. This is what Kary had to say about the school nutrition staff at her school district:
As the school nurse, I had a student with me who was not feeling well and he really could not go into the cafeteria to get food. I told him I would get him something and bring it back for him. I headed down to the cafeteria. When I got to the hot lunch line and the nutritional staff, I told them I was needed a lunch for A.B. and was deciding what to choose for him. We have over 500 students in our school. They staff immediately said--his favorite is a turkey sandwich on wheat, little bit of mayo and cheese. He also likes tomatoes on his sandwich with a little lettuce. They went on to tell me his favorite drink and side dishes. They actually began a discussion among them -- "what about carrots, he likes carrots" I could not believe they were that familiar with our students and they knew what they liked. It brought a smile to A.B.'s face when I told him about this and how they wanted to make sure he got his favorites when he wasn't feeling well. Our staff takes care of our kids!!
Congratulations to South Burlington School District in Vermont. These professionals really know their kids!
We will continue to share some of our favorite stories throughout School Nutrition Employee Week. Thanks again to everyone that submitted a story.
Please take this week to reflect on all of the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria. A BIG THANK YOU to all of the School Nutrition Professionals out there from everyone at Learning ZoneXpress!