Washington Elementary School Nutrition Hero Wins Check and a Cape

e-Connections Post Washington

Washington Elementary cafeteria worker Charolette Broughton was officially presented with a hero’s cape and a check for $500 after the California School Nutrition Association’s Southern Chapter named her as a Primary Level winner of their School Lunch hero recognition program.

“Mrs. Charolette” learned that she won the recognition when students and staff surprised her last week with a school wide morning assembly, a check, flowers, cheers and her own cape presented by a student. The annual nutrition award is an annual event, and nominees’ names are submitted by a teacher.

Washington school teacher Kim Schouten Williams submitted the video below as part of her nomination of Mrs. Charolette. Ms. Williams will also receive a $500 check for classroom supplies.

Washington Elementary School Nutrition Hero Wins Check and a Cape

Mrs. Charolette has worked in the Sacramento City Unified School District for 20 years with 16 of those years at Washington. In her nomination, Ms. Williams wrote that Mrs. Charolette always makes sure students have something to eat, even if the kitchen is closed. Ms. Williams also credits the lunch hero with starting a program to give students the opportunity to learn about nutrition services behind the scene and to reduce food waste. More importantly, Mrs. Charolette has been seen “offering advice, hugs, a laugh with students and always has a smile to share!”

Mrs. Charolette said she considers Washington her “home school” and the students and staff as family. She attended Washington Elementary as did her children and about 15-20 family members. Her husband, Leonard Reed, is a school intervention assistant at Sutter Middle School. Mrs. Charolette will use her winnings to help pay for her daughter’s college fees.