By Teresa Stevenson, SNA School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative 2014-08-19 15:32:53
Greetings, SNA members! I am your new employee/manager representative, and I am so excited and honored to have been elected as the “voice” for the largest segment of SNA’s membership. I know I have some big shoes to fill, following Nancy Thatcher, who was an excellent representative for all of us who work as managers, assistant managers, cooks, cashiers, technicians, servers, bookkeepers and so many other employee positions in school nutrition. Thank you, Nancy, for your years serving us so well! I am a manager in Cobb County School District in Marietta, Ga., where I have worked for 20 years. Before I came to schools, I worked for a decade in other areas related to foodservice. I began in Cobb County as a foodservice assistant and worked my way up to the manager position. I absolutely love my job and have such a great passion for school nutrition. I also believe in the value of SNA membership and all the ways that being actively involved in our local chapters, state association and the national organization can help each of us to grow and work to improve our programs. Our job feeding kids is so important, and we face so many challenges right now in the complex world of school nutrition. We can get caught up in the demands of the daily job and spend less time interacting with other colleagues in the school and adults throughout the community. But we must remember that we are ambassadors for school nutrition from the moment we step foot outside the front door in the morning to when we’re doing the family grocery shopping at the supermarket after work. As such, we need to do our best to make sure everyone in our community understands the importance of our profession. Making a point to use casual interactions to reinforce key messages about feeding kids is an essential step in building awareness of how we are part of a larger group working together to create a healthier generation to come. The new school year is a great time to set a goal to make an effort to interact with others. At school, take a moment to stop, greet and speak with students, parents and teachers. It doesn’t matter what you talk about—you will be seen as someone who is engaged in the success of the school. (And you may receive some valuable feedback or even a simple thank you, which will make those few moments completely worth it!) Finally, don’t forget to connect with coworkers! Continue to support one another as you work to develop and meet common goals, while seeking new ideas. It’s going to be a great year! Cast Your Vote! SNA National Elections SNA’s Board of Directors is committed to representing you and the school nutrition profession. Show your support by participating in SNA’s annual election. If you were a valid member as of May 31, 2014, you are eligible to vote. Voting begins October 15 and closes November 15. Don’t miss next month’s School Nutrition for interviews with those running for vice president (which automatically leads to the role of president) and a link to the online biographies of all the candidates standing for office. They are stepping up to serve—won’t you make sure that you step up and vote? Mark your calendars and get out the vote in your school and state! Get in the Game With School Lunch National School Lunch Week October 13-17, 2014 Are you and your team excited about celebrating National School Lunch Week (NSLW) next month? You can find promotional suggestions in School Nutrition’s April 2014 issue, as well as online at www.schoolnutrition.org/nslw. Your preparations should include a plan about taking photos to document the event! Check out the advice in the article on page 28. Then, share your NSLW success by submitting a short summary of your festivities and high-resolution pictures via e-mail to email@example.com or NSLW Recap, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. Step Up! STEPS Challenge Year Three of the STEPS Challenge is underway! Whether you have participated before or are just getting on board, taking part in this personal wellness initiative (made available with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store) will connect you with other SNA members who share similar goals for improved health and well-being. This month’s challenge focuses on fruit consumption, and October’s challenge will highlight walking. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps to learn more!
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