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Employees 'Making a Difference'
Three employees of the Ceres Unified School District were honored Wednesday with "Employees Making A Difference Awards."

The awards to Bernadette Epperson, Jeff Mack and Mary Meusburger were presented by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Region VII Stanislaus County Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

"These outstanding classified employees were nominated by staff and administration for their exceptional commitment to their site/department and the students they serve," said Supt. Walt Hanline of the Ceres Unified School District.

Bernadette Epperson, a staff member with CUSD's Child Nutrition Department, was chosen as one of six awardees in the region for consideration at the state-level "Employees Making A Difference Award." Epperson has worked for CUSD for over 19 years and is responsible for organizing and delivering hundreds of cases of food and Child Nutrition supplies to school site kitchens. She was recognized for her "caring and friendly manner."

Jeff Mack, a custodian at the Argus/Endeavor High Schools campus and at the District Office, has been working with CUSD for 23 years. He is said to have the "same enthusiasm for his job as the first day he was hired." Mack was described as cheerfulness and professional who places everyone around him at ease. Those he works with stated that Jeff's pride and dedication in making the Argus High School campus and the District Office attractive, clean, and safe shows.

Argus earned a perfect score during the annual Site Facility visit for the past two years.

Mary Meusburger, who is the school librarian at Virginia Parks Elementary School, has worked at Virginia Parks Elementary School for over 18 years. She was as an Instructional Paraprofessional before becoming the librarian. She finds the time to teach each student about the library and the proper handling of books, and shares her passion for reading.

"Students have realized that the library is a treasured place and look forward to visiting it each week," siad Virginia Parks Principal Jennifer Backman. "Mary's commitment to the teachers and students makes Virginia Parks and Ceres Unified School District a better place to learn and grow."