Posted Date: 05/24/2019
The food service manager at Chanute High School is this year’s recipient of the Deb Cummings Award.
Connie Vance was nominated for the district’s prestigious award by her peers.
The award was created to honor an employee who demonstrates a positive and passionate attitude, a genuine care for students and staff, someone with high moral character, outstanding work ethic, and who has a heart of servitude and a welcoming personality. It was named in memory Deborah L. Cummings, the kitchen manager at Chanute Elementary School, whose character and actions exemplified the qualities of the award. Prior to her passing in 2016, Cummings asked that her memorial go to students with negative meal balances.
Like Cummings, Vance cares very much for the district’s kids and all her co-workers, said Superintendent Steve Parsons, who read excerpts from the nominations. She is all about making sure the kids get what they want, and never lets a child go hungry. She is an awesome manager in the kitchen and a great leader in the building.
She greets every student with a smile and a good morning for breakfast, Parsons read. She goes above and beyond to make every kid feel important when they come through the breakfast/lunch line and always makes sure her staff does the same.
“Deb Cummings worked behind the scenes, was always looking out for kids and would do whatever it took without complaining,” Parsons said.” Connie certainly fits these traits.”