National School Lunch Week celebrated school pride and lunch programs
October 15, 2016
Halle Smith, a kindergarten student from Grandview Elementary, guessed that the cheerleaders who came to help serve lunch Thursday were 13, because she figures that's as old as people can be without being adults.
Smith had her fill after a few bites of her hamburger, sips of her 1 percent milk and a few grapes. Smith isn't the kind of 5-year-old who controls the conversation with her friends at the lunch table. She listens and observes before sharing wisdoms, like the differences between the two girls named Ella in first grade.
Lunch was special that day because the cheerleaders served it.
Tarissa Brady, 17, and Morgan Grubbs, 14, came to Grandview to serve lunch as part of National School Lunch Week, which ran Oct. 10-14.
“In high school it’s like you always go out off campus, or eat food you have in your locker. I miss lunches like this.”Morgan Grubbs
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Fellow Cheerleaders and members of the Windsor High School football team served lunch and bonded with kids from Grandview, Tozer Primary and Mountainview Elementary throughout the week in recognition of this year's theme, "Show Your Spirit."
National School Lunch Week was started in 1962 to celebrate the national school lunch program. Laura Stoneman, the Windsor Severance school district's nutrition service director, said that the week was about raising school spirit as well as excitement about healthy school lunches that include fruits, veggies, whole grains and milk.
Brady and Grubbs were nearly celebrities in the lunchroom Thursday. After serving, they sat at tables with the kids, swapping stories about being involved in sports and memories from their own days in Elementary school.
"Some kids told me that they want to be cheerleaders in high school and already take gymnastics," Brady said. "I didn't even take gymnastics, and I've been in cheer for two years."
Grubbs attended Grandview when she was younger.
"In high school it's like you always go out off campus, or eat food you have in your locker," Grubbs said. "I miss lunches like this."