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Sumner Hill cafeteria manager wins customer service award

Aisha Jones


Clinton Public School District

Dr. Tim Martin, Superintendent

(601) 924-7533

Media contact: Sandi Beason, APR



CLINTON — Aisha Jones greets students and teachers with a smile and kind word when they come through the line in the Sumner Hill Junior High School cafeteria.


“I have heard her ask students things like, ‘How did your Algebra test go? How is your sister, is she feeling better? Are you having a good day today?,’” said teacher Rebecca Lancaster. “The way students respond and react to her proves she has built a positive relationship with them throughout the school year.”


Jones is the recipient of the Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of May. She will be formally honored at the May School Board meeting, held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Central Office.


“I am very impressed with her kindness and haven’t witnessed anything like it before in a school cafeteria,” said Eva Brown-Buckner, in nominating Jones for the award. “She is confirmation that Sumner Hill is a great school with positivity in every area.”


Teacher Jody Hill said Jones “makes going to the cafeteria a pleasant experience, and students, teachers and any visitors benefit from her positive attitude.”


The DOVE Award is given each month during the school year to an employee who goes above and beyond in showing customer service to students, parents and the community. A five-member DOVE award selection committee chooses each winner from a pool of nominations.


“One of our top goals as a district is to provide great customer service to the community we serve,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “We want families to have a good experience in our schools, and this award recognized employees who exceed expectations in this area.”


Anyone can nominate a CPSD employee during the school year via the online form on DOVE Award recipients will be formally recognized at school board meetings, on social media, the district Website and in The Clinton Courier.