There are probably many reasons cafeteria workers are highly thought of by the students they serve. They don’t assign homework, require students to stay after school for tutoring, and probably never have occasion to send a student to the principal’s office for misbehavior.
The sentiments students expressed in nominating their school cafeteria employees for the Heart of Child Nutrition Award reflect lots of positive qualities, such as the ability to nurture, encourage, and show love and patience.
The award, sponsored by the Food and Child Nutrition Services Department, is one way for students and staff to say thank you to those who put their hearts into the hundreds of meals they prepare and serve daily.
The final three schools whose cafeteria staffs were recently honored with the award are Thomas J. Rusk Middle School, Charles Rice Learning Center and Hillcrest High School.
“Our cafeteria ladies go over and above each day to take special care of our kids,” said one staff member. “They laugh with them, teach them about good choices, and keep a watch out for them.”
“All the students know and love them,” said another. “They treat the students as if they were their own children.”
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The Hillcrest High School cafeteria staff includes 25-year food service veteran Frances Elaine Sims, wh