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Russellville’s CNP director earns top state honor

In a congratulatory reception at the Russellville City Schools central office May 9, RCS Child Nutrition Program Director Elaine Vaughn was honored as the Alabama School Nutrition Association’s Director of the Year.

For Vaughn, a graduate of Russellville High School, with children who grew up here, her role as CNP director is more than just a job; it’s something she finds truly rewarding.

“What an honor,” said Vaughn. “I certainly didn’t expect to win, but I’m very pleased to receive this recognition. I work with an incredibly terrific group of people. It’s very touching.”

Her husband, Mike, said Elaine is “on 24/7,” adding she has an admirable attitude in her approach to doing what’s needed. “Elaine is just as comfortable talking to a congressman as she is suddenly deciding to help wash dishes because that’s what needs to be done,” he said. “I’m so proud of her and all her accomplishments.”

Vaughn’s daughter, Whitney Keeton, said the honor is well-deserved. “My mother’s attitude toward her work is commendable. She enjoys what she does, and she’s good at it. It makes a big impact on the lives of the children she works with.”

“We feed a lot of children who may only be getting the meals they get each day from school.”

Florence City Schools CNP Coordinator Tara Talmadge praised Vaughn as “a dedicated director for years.”

“She’s very passionate about taking care of the students in the Russellville City Schools, and there’s nobody I can imagine being more deserving of this award,” Talmadge said. “She’s worked on a multitude of state committees, and she’s also worked on other things during COVID.”