CCSD School Earns Cafeteria of Excellence Award
Clayton Elementary School’s School Nutrition team is among the inaugural class of winners of the School Nutrition Cafeteria of Excellence Award presented by the Georgia Department of Education’s School Nutrition division. From left, Barbara Krupa, Emily Sims and Manager Crystal Smith.
A Cherokee County School District school has earned a new statewide award for excellent school cafeteria programs!
Clayton Elementary School is among the inaugural class of winners of the School Nutrition Cafeteria of Excellence Award presented by the Georgia Department of Education’s School Nutrition division. Only three winners were named for each of Georgia’s Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) regions; CCSD is part of the five-county North Georgia RESA.
The Clayton ES School Nutrition team is made up of Manager Crystal Smith and Barbara Krupa and Emily Sims.
The award, according to the state, “recognizes school nutrition professionals for exceptional attention to serving quality school meals and providing excellent customer service while maintaining program integrity.”
“The applicant pool for this award was strong, and the application evaluators carefully reviewed each submission. It is an honor to announce that Clayton Elementary School is the recipient of this prestigious award,” State School Nutrition Director Dr. Linette Dodson said. “Thank you for your commitment and dedication to ‘Fueling Georgia’s Future.’”
Schools selected for the honor must meet high standards for health inspection scores, quality and variety of menus, use of Georgia Grown produce and ingredients, promotion of school nutrition programs and student meal program participation. The judging committee also requires a letter of support for the cafeteria from a school or district-level administrator or a community partner that describes how the school’s cafeteria team provides exceptional customer service and student engagement.
The award will be formally presented to Clayton ES and the other honorees at the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s annual fall luncheon in Macon. The Clayton ES team will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower at the school board’s September meeting.
“We’re committed to providing our students with the best education possible, and we know they can’t learn and succeed if they’re hungry,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Our School Nutrition program is ranked among the best in the state and the nation for preparing and serving nutritious meals filled with fresh ingredients, and this award celebrates Clayton Elementary School as the best of our best. Congratulations to Clayton’s team and our CCSD School Nutrition program and thank you for all you do each day to feed and care for our students!”