RYE BROOK, N.Y.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Chartwells School Dining Services is proud to announce the recipients of its annual “Be-A-star” awards. The “Be-A-star” awards are given to districts and individual employees that exemplify business excellence in school foodservice and go above and beyond the call of duty. The national Be-A-star winners were recognized at the Compass Night of Stars Celebration in Orlando, Florida on October 16 – 18, 2013 at the Hard Rock Live.
“In addition to the national school district winners, we honor individual employees who exemplify trust and integrity, responsibility, passion for quality and an overall can-do attitude and dedication to teamwork”
“We are extremely proud of our 2013 Be-A-star award winners all of whom have shown tremendous dedication and passion in serving their schools and communities,” said Rhonna Cass, president of Chartwells School Dining Services. “The most important ingredient in building success is our people. We pride ourselves in attracting and maintaining the best foodservice employees and we thank them for their ongoing hard work and commitment.”
“There are many details that our foodservice employees take care of every day to ensure that our nation’s students are given the nourishment they need to succeed in their education journey,” continued Cass. “With the Be-A-star program, we are able to highlight some of the great achievements made by our great people. Congratulations to our district winners.”
2013 National Account of the Year Winners:
Chapel Hill Carrboro School District, Chapel Hill, NC
1st Place National Account of the Year
Director of Dining Services: Elizabeth Cartano
Chapel Hill had many significant accomplishments this year. The Chapel Hill team created a Home Base Cooking Program, which worked to improve the culinary skills of foodservice employees through various training initiatives. Chapel Hill was also credited for its partnership with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Together, the two groups launched a “taste texting” program, enabling students to text in their lunch orders for express pickup during the lunch hour. The concept was well received by students, more students ate in the cafeteria and students were served quickly.
Montgomery Township, Skillman, NJ
2nd Place National Account of the Year
Director of Dining Services: Patricia Kurczewski
The Montgomery Township foodservice team was recognized with this award for their efforts in giving back to the community and their dedication to healthy eating education. The group launched a Sky Box program where they employed students with special needs in the cafeteria. They made significant efforts in hiring women from the Crawford House, a local transitional housing center for women in early recovery from drugs and/or alcohol addiction. They also participated in the Montgomery Township Health Fair and catered student award dinners with the administration and faculty. On the nutrition education front, the team was recognized for implementing Chartwells’ Simply Good campaign, which highlighted healthy food items each month and engaged students with various activities and food sampling initiatives.
Easton Redding School District, Redding, CT
3rd Place National Account of the Year
Director of Dining Services: David Kennedy
The Easton Redding School District received this award for many reasons. The team held a successful student recipe contest. They introduced a yogurt parfait bar that was so popular that is was extended to the daily lunch menu and they launched a build-your-own burger bar at the high school, which doubled station sales. The team also made strong connections with their students and the community. They ran the Simply Good campaign that drew positive attention to the improved lunch program and held a variety of food demonstrations and tastings. They worked with the Red Cross Blood Drive to provide sub sandwiches for blood donors.
“In addition to the national school district winners, we honor individual employees who exemplify trust and integrity, responsibility, passion for quality and an overall can-do attitude and dedication to teamwork,” said Cass. “We are grateful to all of our employees who deliver on this mission each day; and a special thank you to our national employee of the year, Paul Griggs. What a great inspiration you are.”
National Associate of the Year:
Paul Griggs, Assistant Director of Dining Services, MSD at the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, Indianapolis, IN
Paul Griggs was awarded this special honor due to his commitment to students, parents, coworkers and Chartwells. Those around him described Paul as a valuable team member and he is appreciated for his hard work, great ideas and dedication. His gourmet cuisine is described as not only delicious, but a work of art.
Over 550 Chartwells school districts are evaluated each year from August – July on criteria such as community service, financial performance, customer satisfaction, wellness and diversity. The theme of the 2012-13 Be-A-star awards program was 1-2-3 Grow and focused on sustainability and business excellence.
About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, provides dining services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising over 6,000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit www.eatlearnlive.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.