Lafayette school cook chosen for state award

Joyce Thrasher, cook manager at Lafayette School in Eureka, was honored at the Eureka City Schools Governing Board’s regular meeting on September 15 for being selected by the California State Employees Association (CSEA) as its State Employee of the Year in the food services category.

Joyce Thrasher, cook manager at Lafayette School in Eureka, was honored at the Eureka City Schools Governing Board’s regular meeting on September 15 for being selected by the California State Employees Association (CSEA) as its State Employee of the Year in the food services category. Thrasher accepted the prestigious award at CSEA’s state convention on August 4 in Las Vegas.

Lafayette cook Joyce Thrasher likes to have a little fun in the school’s kitchen. After all, preparing nearly 400 meals a day for two schools is not an easy task. Much to the delight of students and staff, Thrasher enjoys decorating Lafayette’s kitchen with creative displays and posters according to the season, and she cooks special treats (at her own expense) like valentine cookies and colored hard-boiled eggs at Easter. Last year, at an evening celebration of Dr. Suess’ birthday, she served green eggs and ham to hungry students.

These were just a few of the many outstanding qualities Thrasher’s colleagues at Lafayette wrote about when they nominated her for the prestigious CSEA State Employee of the Year award. Thrasher was notified in April that she has been selected by CSEA in the food service category as one of six Employees of the Year. She accepted the award on August 4 at CSEA’s state convention in Las Vegas.

Rosemary Kunkler, Lafayette’s secretary, notes, “She’s very much in-tune with the students and their individual uniqueness. No student ever goes hungry. Throughout the day, students know they can get a snack from her. No matter how busy, a smile is there for the students, co-workers, and parents. If she detects a problem with a child, she always follows up.”

Cheryl Smith, Eureka CSEA vice president, said, “Thrasher is an excellent member, volunteers to do whatever needs to be done without question or expecting anything in return.”

Lafayette principal Jim Sanders points out, “Thrasher takes pride in her work and workplace, and it shows. She always has a smile for our students even when the food line is hectic and under a time crunch.”

Thrasher has worked for 21 years in Eureka City Schools’ food services department. We join others in congratulating Joyce on this most deserving and prestigious recognition.

For more information contact Lafayette School at 441-2482.