Nu­tri­tion man­ager de­scribes job as a ‘great pro­fes­sion’

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE -

Wonda Red­den is the man­ager of the nu­tri­tion staff at East­side Ele­men­tary, lo­cated on Prospect Road in Rock­mart.

She be­gan her 3rd year in 2015 and con­tin­ues to be a part of school nu­tri­tion due to her love of chil­dren and joy of go­ing to work each day.

“This is a great pro­fes­sion,” she said. “I get hol­i­days and sum­mer off and time to spend with my fam­ily.”

Red­den be­gan her nu­tri­tion du­ties with Polk School Dis­trict as a food ser­vice as­sis­tant at Young’s Grove Ele­men­tary in Cedar­town. There­after, she as­sumed her cur­rent po­si­tion at East­side.

Prior to that time, she drove a school bus in the Rock­mart area for more than 10 years. She also worked as a phar­macy tech at Rock­mart-Aragon Hospi­tal, Mor­gan Hard­ware and AT&T in Cedar­town.

Since her de­ci­sion to en­ter the field of school nu­tri­tion, Red­den has com­pleted sev­eral classes such as the O.N.E. train­ing, Man­ager in Train­ing, and the ServSafe class.

How­ever, she be­lieves the chil­dren teach her great­est lessons.

“They teach me some­thing new each day,” she said. “I will never for­get their sparkling eyes and smil­ing faces.”

As man­ager, she lauds the team­work of the nu­tri­tion staff at East­side.

“I al­ways an­tic­i­pate ar­riv­ing here to com­plete an­other day of serv­ing nu­tri­tional food to about 730 East­side stu­dents,” she said. “We know that it is an im­por­tant part of the school day for them.”

She ar­rives at 5:45 a.m. and helps pre­pare the “Break­fast in the Class­room”. A meal is sent to the 34 class­rooms with juice and milk in a cooler for each child.

Serv­ing for lunch be­gins at 10:45 a.m. and usu­ally ends at 12:55.

Oct. 12-16, 2015 was ob­served as “Na­tional School Lunch Week”. The theme was “School Lunch Snap Shot.”

A spe­cial menu was pre­pared on Wed­nes­day. En­trée choices were: Bull­dog BBQ Sand­wich, Yel­low Jacket Hot Dog (with ketchup and mus­tard) and Pan­ther Pizza. Side choices were: Broc­coli and cheese, fries with ketchup, peaches and straw­berry cups.

Nu­tri­tion staff at East­side Ele­men­tary pre­pare meal.

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