The enthusiastic crowd gathered at the HISD Food Service Center broke into cheers when hearing the announcement that Hector Castillo was selected to receive the Customer Service Impact Award for January.
Nutrition Services has been relying on the accuracy and dependability of Team Lead Anna Acuña in two kitchens at the same time.
Students at two HISD campuses, Browning and Burrus elementary schools, have been able to count on Acuña for her steady hand in everything from supply ordering to recipe preparation for the last two years.
As the morning sun transforms the dark Houston sky into a bright blue, customer service representatives answer requests from campus administrators, concerned employees, and sometimes worried parents.
They work at HISD Customer Care Call Center, a 24-hour operation tasked with everything from answering parents’ transportation-related questions to processing campus work orders and maintenance requests such as air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical issues.
Colorful replicas of maritime flags and bright green balloons adorned the aisles of the Austin High School auditorium to welcome U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz, special guests, and more than 300 Maritime program students.
“The maritime pathway is pretty cool,” senior Diana Anaya said. “It’s more than just boats and going to the beach. We learn about transportation, safety, and supply logistics.”
As autumn temperatures kept the courtyard cool throughout the late morning, nearly 2,500 Houston MSTC High School students headed outdoors for an early homecoming celebration with lunch hosted by HISD Nutrition Services chefs and staff.
The outdoor fare was part of a new Tailgate/School Pop Up program that encourages students to enjoy the good food provided daily by Nutrition Services campus kitchens.
The sun strained through high, wispy clouds, beaming bright yellow warmth onto the windows of school buses that streamed into the bus terminal, returning from safely transporting students.
At all district locations, HISD Transportation Services is observing National School Bus Safety Week to raise awareness among students, staff, and the community about the importance of school bus safety – inside and outside the school bus.
As the sun rose over Mykawa Farm, Bernadette Plummer gathered with fellow military veterans to build garden beds where students can plant seeds and a gazebo to offer the young agriculturists shade from the Texas heat.
Nearby, other volunteers assembled outdoor teaching tables and a hoop house where seeds from HISD school garden will be kept warm enough to sprout in the winter.