Janis Campbell-Aikens, director of kid diet at Auburn Public Colleges, was just lately named worker of the 12 months by the Puget Sound Instructional Service District. This implies Campbell-Aikens can be eligible for the Washington Educator of the 12 months award.
“I’m very humbled to obtain this recognition, however I additionally wish to say that the unique award was for the whole little one diet division in recognition of the work they’ve accomplished all by means of the pandemic,” Campbell-Aikens stated. “Actually it’s in honor of the whole employees.”
As soon as the award went on to the regional degree, it needed to be narrowed right down to a single worker. Campbell-Aikens was chosen as a result of she’s the director, she stated.
Campbell-Aikens has been the director of kid diet on the college district for about two and a half years. When the pandemic precipitated college closures, she had been the director for a few 12 months.
Again in 2020, colleges closed as a result of pandemic on a Friday, and the next Monday, little one diet employees had bagged lunches and breakfasts able to go, Campbell-Aikens stated. The kid diet employees members haven’t stopped making ready grab-and-go meals since colleges first closed down, Campbell-Aikens stated.
“We have been in a position to flip this system round actually shortly, partly as a result of the employees is superb on the summer time meals service program, so we had that basis to construct on,” Campbell-Aikens stated.
The employees have been serving meals all year long with few days off. They served meals throughout winter and spring breaks and are persevering with all through the summer time, Campbell-Aikens stated.
Along with serving meals on the colleges, little one diet employees have additionally been serving meals through vans that drive alongside routes and cease at particular areas all through town, Campbell-Aikens stated.
“They’ve accomplished a tremendous job. They’ve served at this level over 2 million grab-and-go meals since we began,” Campbell-Aikens stated. “The dedication of my employees to this neighborhood and to the children, I feel that’s what I’m most pleased with.”
Issues will begin to return to regular when children return to in-person college in fall. The USDA issued a waiver so all school-provided meals in Auburn Public Colleges can be free throughout the subsequent college 12 months, Campbell-Aikens stated.
Campbell-Aikens and her employees are trying ahead to having the ability to serve meals to college students in-person this coming fall.
“We work arduous to supply actually wholesome meals and we’re working arduous to supply meals which can be culturally applicable for our children,” Campbell-Aikens stated. “We simply wish to proceed working at that and get higher and higher at that and at offering the healthiest, freshest, tastiest meals that we are able to for the children of Auburn.”