JAY – A recognition breakfast was held at LaFleur’s restaurant on Feb. 2, sponsored by Region V Advisory Council on Transition. The breakfast was given by Livermore Falls High School students in honor of the Hannaford employees who have participated in the School-to-Work transition program created by brothers Ken Landry, Livermore Falls High School teacher, and Rick Landry, assistant manager of Hannaford.

Nine students have been involved in the program. Students in Ken Landry’s class work in various departments. Louis Gallant is working in produce. Ricky Christian, Mike Spencer, Jesse Ciarcia and Ben Stone all work in grocery. Naomi Martinez and Marcy Smalley work the front doing bagging and cart retrieval.

Two student who were part of the program, but have recently been hired are Adam Lee and Victoria Peacock. Lee trained in the meat department and is employed in the deli department. Victoria Peacock has been hired to work the front.

Rick Landry and Pam Powers began the year by giving a presentation to the students at the high school. The students also took a tour of the store and were given the opportunity to choose a department in which to be trained.

All students were given Hannaford shirts, aprons and name tags and were welcomed as part of the Hannaford family. The students have developed skills in customer service. They have studied the schematic of the store and are ready to assist customers in finding items. They have learned the responsibility of working individually as well as a team.

Mary Redmond-Luce, Region V Advisory Council on Transition director, thought it would be nice to recognize Hannaford employees for their efforts in the program and if each student chose a Hannaford employee to recognize.

Each employee received a white rose and had his or hername engraved on a plaque. Students took turns standing at the podium to give a short speech about the employee they were recognizing.

Peacock chose to recognize Crystal Jacques for her patience. Lee recognized Roberta Simoneau for helping him in the deli department. Smalley acknowledged Dottie Wallace for helping her at the front learning the art of bagging; Ciarcia recognized Matt Bailey for his help and for being a good friend; Stone acknowledged Stacy Windham for the help she had given him.

Gallant recognized Paula Hanchett for helping him learn about the produce department, and Christian chose to honor Pam Powers for the help she has given him. Spencer acknowledged Rick Landry for the help he had shown him, and Martinez selected to honor Kelly, for her help in bagging. Eileen Morin, education technician at the high school, goes to Hannaford every day with the students.

Ken Landry presented the plaque to Rick Landry and Pam Powers on behalf of all the employees recognized. After the presentations, a buffet breakfast was held.

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