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Gary is KCSD Food Service Employee of the Month

Posted: December 21, 2014 11:27 a.m.
Updated: December 22, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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Brenda Gary removes a tray of donuts from an oven in Leslie M. Stover Middle School’s cafeteria. Gary has worked as a Kershaw County School District (KCSD) food service employee for 24 years, most at Camden High School. KCSD officials recently named Gary its January 2015 Food Service Employee of the Month, based on a nomination by her co-workers.

 

Twenty-four years ago, Brenda Gary began working at Camden High School as a food service employee within the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). Gary worked at Camden High until last year when officials determined help was needed at Leslie M. Stover Middle School’s cafeteria in Elgin.

Recently, fellow employees successfully nominated Gary to be the January 2015 KCSD Food Service Employee of the Month. KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and Misha Lawyer, the district’s coordinator for nutrition and school food service, surprised Gary with balloons, a certificate and nutrition service employee of the month sign to hang on Stover’s cafeteria wall.

“I was surprised,” Gary said. “It was like I won the lottery.”

“She’s an overall good person, and she’s willing to help out wherever,” Terri Boone, manager of Stover’s cafeteria, said.

Before joining the KCSD, Gary worked in food services at Springdale Village. She made the transition from there to the school district after someone close to her grandmother recommended she seek a cook’s position with the district. Interacting with children and having three of her own in Kershaw County schools made the work enjoyable for Gary. Also, having attended elementary, middle and high school in Kershaw County herself made her feel right at home.

Gary’s co-workers nominated her for the award and said her love for her job shows every day in her attitude, making a major impact in the short time she has served Stover.

“She seems like the perfect candidate,” co-worker Debra Williams said. “She’s a good worker and she’s a very nice person.”

Gary’s fellow food service workers also said they chose to nominate her because she is easy-going and always helpful.

“She’s got a great personality -- she’s great to work with,” co-worker Julie Watts said. “She can work with anyone.”

During her time as a school food service worker, Gary said she has learned a lot from working with different kinds of children and learned how to eat healthier. She said all of her experiences and lessons learned from the job are satisfactory and rewarding enough, but acknowledged recognition by her co-workers and district officials has heightened her love of her job.

“I would like to thank the staff at Stover for selecting me and I appreciate the Kershaw County School District for honoring me,” Gary said.

Gary said she is hopeful for the future and excited to continue to deliver great food service to Stover.

 

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