Chicago Public School employee, Lawana M. Fenderson, was named the Kathy Osterman Outstanding Professional Employee winner last week. Fenderson, who has been a CPS employee for 27 years and is currently the Director of Field Operations for the Nutrition Support Services office, was honored at a ceremony and breakfast at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.
"It was a humbling experience to be honored for my passion," said Fenderson. "I believe that a hungry child can't learn. The mission of this department is to offer and make available nutritious meals for every student who wants to participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast program. I feel that I am blessed because at the end of every day I know that we have fed every child that wanted to eat, which is an awesome feeling."
Currently in its 42nd year, the Kathy Osterman Awards program has recognized almost 1,000 dedicated employees from the City of Chicago and its sister agencies, like CPS, and has helped to promote public appreciation of their contributions to the city and its residents.
"The recipients of this year's Kathy Osterman Awards exhibit selfless contributions on behalf of the City of Chicago and its residents," Mayor Richard M. Daley said. "They also share superior leadership skills and a strong desire to help others."
The awardees represent the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority, City Colleges of Chicago, and the Chicago Housing Authority.
Luke O'Toole Elementary School special education teacher, Charita Bingham-Pruitt, was also recognized as a finalist for the Outstanding Educational Employee Award.
The awards program began through the efforts of the National Civil Service League and was known as the Superior Public Service Awards. In 1993, it was renamed in honor of the late Kathy Osterman who served as alderman and later as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.
A list of the 2010 Kathy Osterman Award winners and finalists is available at www.cityofchicago.org/humanresources .
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