Thank Your School Lunch Superhero Today!
Posted on 04/25/2013
Preparing healthy meals that meet nutrition standards, navigating students’ special dietary needs, and offering service with a smile are all in a day’s work for school nutrition professionals. On Friday, May 3rd, School Lunch Superhero Day is giving students and parents an opportunity to show their appreciation for the men and women working in their school cafeterias.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series, has teamed up with the School Nutrition Association and Random House Children’s Books to host the event, which encourages students to honor their School Lunch Superheroes with cards, bouquets and special recognition for their kind service. Creative ideas and downloads are available at www.SchoolLunchSuperheroDay.com.
Inspired by his own childhood School Lunch Superhero, Jean J. Cariglia, Jarrett J. Krosoczka created the popular LUNCH LADY series of graphic novels for kids, starring a crime-fighting school nutrition professional and her faithful sidekick, Betty. But School Lunch Superheroes can be found in every community.
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At Coulter Grove Intermediate School in Tennessee, Patty Morris is beloved by all her students. Her cafeteria manager reports “Patty greets everyone with warmth and enthusiasm. She knows her students so well that she can tell what fruits and vegetables they enjoy and they trust her when she encourages them to try something new.”
In Missouri, Dawn Lehmann of Seckman Middle School and Loretta Beck of Simpson Elementary, realized that many students and families in their community don’t know the fundamentals of cooking. They worked together to develop a class designed to teach the art and love of cooking and promote a healthier way of eating. On Thursdays after wrapping up their work in their school cafeterias, the two team up to teach the two hour class for 4th-6th graders.
As part of a recent National School Breakfast Week student writing contest, one fifth grader from New Hampshire honored his school cafeteria manager. “If I could enjoy school breakfast [with anyone] in the world, it would be our school lunch lady, Miss Lorie. I would pick her because she does so many good things for the students of DCS. Like gives us homemade Christmas ordements [sic], and makes out of this world muffins! And I would just like to thank her for all she does.”
Be sure to thank your School Lunch Superheroes for their service today, and every day!