SOURCE: Chartwells School Dining Services

Chartwells School Dining Services

November 21, 2011 11:05 ET

Chartwells School Dining Services Awards Kaukauna Area School District With the Be-A-star National Account of the Year Award

KAUKAUNA, WI--(Marketwire - Nov 21, 2011) - Kaukauna Area School District, Wisconsin, was recently honored as the Be-A-star National Account of the Year Winner by Chartwells School Dining Services, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group. The National Account of the Year is awarded to a district that exemplifies business excellence and goes above and beyond the call of duty in areas such as community service, financial performance, customer and client satisfaction, wellness, and diversity. Leslie Willems, Dining Service Director at Kaukauna, first place winner of the Regional Account of the Year, attended the national awards banquet celebration in Orlando, FL in October, and was recognized along with other national winners from across the country.

Kaukauna received this distinction because of:

  • Their commitment to the community
    • As part of a highly successful event called SLURP! Chartwells' Kaukauna associates collaborated with music and art students, staff and community members to volunteer their time and donate ingredients to make soup
    • Volunteers made 47 different types of soup and served the public along with music and art students
    • All proceeds went toward Loaves & Fishes (a local food pantry)
    • Twelve Kaukauna associates were involved in outreach activity
    • Thirty-five total man hours/time were donated by Compass Group associates
    • A total financial contribution of $300 was made by Compass Group associates/account
    • 1,000 cans were collected from more than 500 people in attendance (3 cans = free bowl of soup)
  • Their initiatives to promote Breakfast via the 2011 New Years Resolution
    • Students were encouraged to sign their name to the New Years Resolution board saying they agreed to eating breakfast, whether at home or at school, as a way to start their day
    • New breakfast items were offered along with daily menu options to encourage breakfast
  • Their participation in the Activity Challenge
    • Employees were challenged to see how much activity they accomplish in a course of a day, calculated out in steps
    • 13 Employees calculated a total of 848,816 steps
    • Activities hosted throughout the week included walking, biking, dancing, gardening, basketball, vacuuming, mowing and scrubbing floors

"I have had the pleasure of working with Chartwells here in Kaukauna for the past five years. The director has acted with nothing but the best interest of the district and its students in mind," said Bob Schafer, Kaukauna Area School District financial officer.

"I have worked with Chartwells' staff over the past ten years and find the staff to be professional, effective, accountable and always open to discussing ideas on how to serve quality food to our students," said Mary Weber, director of Human Resources and Kaukauna Area School District administrator.

Chartwells strives to recognize hourly and salaried associates and entire districts for achieving business excellence. The Be-A-star program started in 1997 as a method to build a foundation for growth and success. The program also emphasizes the company's most important ingredient: people. Be-A-star has been widely embraced throughout Chartwells to the point that it has become the company's primary recognition tool for promoting business excellence by providing great results everyday.

About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, provides dining services for over 550 public school districts, serving 2.7 million students in over 5,000 elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit

Contact Information

  • Ayde Lyons
    Chartwells School Dining Services
    Phone: 914-935-5320
    Email: Email Contact