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MARK JEFFREY
District Manager

Providence Schools
Tel. (401) 453-8679
mark.jeffrey@sodexo.com

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Future Chef Competition

Shayla HarrisonFuture Chef Competition winner Shayla Harrison with her marvelous Shayla's Island Passion Salad. Shayla, a 4th grader at Woods & Young Elementary School, placed among the top 5 contestants in the country. Her salad was served as the first course at our scholarship banquet.

Scholarship WinnersMayor Angel Taveras with Clary Guzman of PCTA High School, winner of the $1,000 Angel Taveras scholarship.

Scholarship Winners
The 2013 Sodexo scholarship winners with Providence Future Chef Champion Shayla Harrison and Southida Saykouman, the Gold Medal Rhode Island State Champion in SkillsUSA Dining Room Service. Southida goes to PCTA High School in Providence. Sodexo is sponsoring her trip to Kansas City for the National SkillsUSA Championships in June.

SODEXO TO HOST TENTH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP CEREMONY

For nearly two decades, Sodexo has worked hard to become a fully vested partner of the Providence School Department. It is an immense source of satisfaction to have provided a total of more than $565,000 in scholarships to some of the city’s most deserving young students. This year, at our Tenth Annual Scholarship Ceremony, Sodexo will continue its tradition of community support in, among other forms, the awarding of a new round of scholarships.

The recipients of the 2013 Sodexo Providence Scholarships are:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee Scholarship Award: Jessy Anderson, Central High School

Mayor Angel Taveras Scholarship Award: Clary Guzman, Providence Career and Technical Academy

Sodexo President’s Award: Decontee Roberts, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High

Dr. Gene K. Burns Scholarship Award: Gennessy Ramirez

Scholarships also are awarded to:

  • Jasiel Beltre, Hope High School
  • Corey Brinkman, Hope High School
  • Victoria Siharath, Central High School
  • Olivia Cianci, Classical High School
  • Jose Rosario, Classical High School
  • Alondra Berrios, Mount Pleasant High School
  • Alexis Villani, Mount Pleasant High School
  • Israel Jenyo, E Cubed Academy
  • Onyinyechi Njoku, E Cubed Academy
  • Tara Tiwari, Juanita Sanchez High School
  • Genesis Reyes Juanita, Sanchez High School
  • Jaqueline Ibarra, Academy of Career Exploration
  • Michael Kimbrough, Times II Academy
  • Diogenes Sarit-Rodriguez, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School
  • Leeshonel Ayala, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School

Our community scholarship recipients are:

  • Latino Dollars for Scholars
  • City Year of Rhode Island
  • Urban League of Rhode Island
  • Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island, Inc.
  • Quisqueya in Action

FUTURE CHEF COMPETITION

Providence elementary school students learned about the importance of healthy eating while honing their culinary skills thanks to education partner and Quality of Life service provider Sodexo and its annual Future Chefs: Healthy Salad Challenge.

The national program, which, in its third year, is part of Sodexo’s commitment to bolstering communities by promoting well-being in support of achievement, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices in life while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen. Providence students joined more than 1,750 other students at 943 Sodexo-served school sites in 28 states nationally in this fun and educational challenge.

Students submitted healthy salad recipes, and the best were selected to participate in the district-wide finals event. Finalists prepared and presented their creations for an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluated entries on the bass of:

  • Healthy Attributes – How was nutrition integrated in the ingredients and preparation?
  • Kid Appeal - Would kids be attracted to the salad – and therefore actually eat it?
  • Ease of Preparation – How well did the Future Chef simplify the preparation method to allow most kids to easily execute it?
  • Fun Foods – Would kids consider the salad a “fun” food – and therefore actually eat it?
  • Originality – How creative did the Future Chefs get within contest rules?
  • Plate Presentation – How well did they display their finished product on their sample plate?
And the winner is ... drumroll ... Shayla Harrison with her marvelous Shayla’s Island Passion Salad. Shayla, a 4th grader at Woods & Young Elementary School, placed among the top 5 contestants in the country. Her salad was served as the first course at our scholarship banquet.

ITEM – Schools Newsletter May Edition

ITEM – Future Chef Competition – Twelve Providence elementary school students submitted a total of 29 recipes to this years “Future Chefs Competition Healthy Salad Competition. In the process they learned about the importance of healthy eating while honing their culinary skills.

This national program, which, in its third year, is part of Sodexo’s commitment to bolstering communities by promoting well-being in support of achievement, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices in life while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen. Providence students joined more than 1,750 other students at 943 Sodexo-served school sites in 28 states nationally in this fun and educational challenge.

Finalists prepared and presented their creations for an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluated entries on the bases of:

  • Healthy Attributes – How was nutrition integrated in the ingredients and preparation?
  • Kid Appeal - Would kids be attracted to the salad – and therefore actually eat it?
  • Ease of Preparation – How well did the Future Chef simplify the preparation method to allow most kids to easily execute it?
  • Fun Foods – Would kids consider the salad a “fun” food – and therefore actually eat it?
  • Originality – How creative did the Future Chefs get within contest rules?
  • Plate Presentation – How well did they display their finished product on their sample plate?

And the winner is ... drumroll ...

Shayla Harrison, from Charlotte Woods Elementary School, and her Shayla’s Island Passion Salad. Shayla will move on to the national competition, where he will be joined by Future Chefs of schools from all over the country. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for 27 regional finalist awards, and the regional finalists will vie to become one of five national finalists.

ITEM – Our Back to School Celebration fundraising dinner will take place on April 25 at the PCTA High School. This annual event supports our district’s many philanthropic initiatives as coordinated by Jorge Cardenas, including his super BBQ held every August.

ITEM – Providence’s Scholarship Awards ceremony and banquet will be held on May 23. Details are forthcoming. Visit this webpage often for updates.

Meet the District Manager

Mark R. Jeffrey joined Sodexo in 1999 and today serves as District Manager of the Providence, RI and Springfield, MA School Districts. The districts consist of 55,000 students and over 100 public, parochial and charter schools.

Mark oversees the entire operation in both districts and is responsible for the development and management of food & beverage purchasing, preparation and service. He directs all human resource functions for the 600+ employees and maintains a positive working relationship with both local unions.

Sodexo began food service operations in Providence in 1994 and Springfield in 2006.

Mark received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Johnson & Wales University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2003 Award of Excellence and the Sodexo Foundation 2004 “Hero of Everyday Life” Award for community service. Mark resides in Massachusetts and is very active in local civic and community organizations.

Mark Jeffrey in His Own Words

“It’s virtually impossible for me to see my work and my life as somehow separate. The commitment and caring that I bring to our students – Sodexo’s “clients for life” – are identical to those qualities that I devote to my family, friends, and neighbors.

“This work is as challenging as it is rewarding, and I couldn’t do it without your wisdom and support. So by all means please stay in regular contact with me. I count on the ideas and the enthusiasm of all stakeholders in our shared mission to serve the wonderful children of Providence’s public schools.”

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