SNA Recognizes School Nutrition Professionals for Extraordinary Achievements

 

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SNA Recognizes School Nutrition Professionals for Extraordinary Achievements  

 2017-07-09

ATLANTA, GA (July 9, 2017) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) recognized outstanding school nutrition professionals today at the 71st Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta, Ga. In addition to state and regional award winners, four SNA members received national recognition for their superior accomplishments:

Vicky Lafferty from Shiloh Middle School in Carroll County Public Schools, Md., received the Employee of the Year Award. Lafferty makes her school’s cafeteria a positive and welcoming environment for her students. She greets children by name, often remembering their favorite foods as well. She takes great pride in the appearance and display of food prior to service, providing food samples for healthy new menu options to help create enthusiasm among the students. She also loves to decorate serving lines for seasons and holidays, cheering up students and staff as they choose their school meals. As cook, Lafferty will also coordinate her menu with classroom activities, like preparing orange chicken for a Chinese Day cultural event or crafting a special menu for the Baseball Opening Day event. Through her actions, she helps to nourish her students mentally, visually and nutritionally.

Treasa Markle from Ebb Valley Elementary in Carroll County Public Schools, Md., received the Manager of the Year Award. Markle holds her students’ academic health to the same high standards as their nutritional health, coordinating with curriculum to promote One School One Book, State History Day, Reading Across America, Project Aces and Summer Reading Breakfast. Always the team player, Markle works closely with school staff and PTA on school events, including carnivals, Coach-Bag Bingo, Student Book Bingo, Empty Bowls Outreach, Food Drives and Paws for Ability fundraisers. The dedicated nutrition manager also strives to include the community where she can, inviting parents, central office employees, system-wide maintenance employees, local business owners and elected officials to the Student Thanksgiving Dinner. Markle invites PTA members and retired employees to return and volunteer their time in service on the big day, with a turnout of roughly 120 adults enjoying the holiday dinner. The student participation rates have doubled due to the excitement. The Food Service Program has benefitted systemically from this event and increased adult Thanksgiving participation in all schools.

Mark Bordeau, SNS, Senior Director of Food Service for Broome Tioga - Board of Cooperative Educational Services, N.Y., was awarded the Director of the Year Award. Bordeau has worked tirelessly for his district in creative and generous ways. In 2006, he and his team created a nationally recognized marketing brand, “Rock on Café,” which combines nutrition and education to create a fun dining experience for students. In the last three years, the team instituted the Community Eligibility Provision to four of their districts, Provision 2 breakfast to nine districts, and implemented Breakfast in the Classroom in three districts this year, with an additional four districts starting the program in 2017-18. For 16 years, he worked alongside with students, faculty, staff & administrators from Binghamton City Schools to host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner for over 3,000 people at Binghamton High School.

Mike Burke, SNS, K-12 Ambassador for Vulcan Food Equipment Group, received the Industry Member of the Year Award. An active SNA member since 1996, Burke has served on the Board of Directors for the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and on the SNA Political Action Committee (PAC). He has shared his expertise with his school nutrition colleagues through frequent presentations at education programs for local and state associations, and by serving on committees for SNA Best Practices for State Conferences, SNA Foundation Equipment Capacity and SNA Procurement Task Force. Burke is a tireless advocate for school meal programs, both through his presence on social media and trips to Washington, D.C. with state delegations. For the past decade, Burke has contributed to ANC’s culinary demonstration area, arranging for all cooking and prep equipment.


About the School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 57,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information about ANC, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc

 

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