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Hawkins schools celebrate Cafeteria Staff Appreciation in January

STAFF REPORT • Feb 3, 2020 at 9:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Every January, Hawkins County Schools honor the employees who help keep students’ minds on their studies instead of their stomachs.

“Our cafeteria staff interact daily with our students, providing welcoming smiles and warm meals,” said Director of Schools Matt Hixson. “They are true heroes behind the scenes supporting the most basic of needs for our students. I am proud of all of our cafeteria workers and gladly celebrate them during this time of year. Thank you for all you do.”

This year’s theme for Cafeteria Staff Appreciation was Buried Treasure, and Clinch School worked hard to show its cafeteria staff they are treasured.

Related arts teachers and their students ensured that their lunch ladies were treated like gems.

Physical education teacher Josh Bowlin and his students made palm trees, with notes of thanks, a treasure box, and thank-you “messages in a bottle.”

Art teacher Kim Peters helped her students make posters.

School counselor Bonnie Peters and music teacher Emily Hickman arranged goody bags and thank-you notes in the treasure box and hung up the posters and palm trees.

The kindergarten, first and second grade students lined the hallway to give the cafeteria staff their items and a big hug.

Clinch School Principal Denise McKee bought each lady a bouquet of flowers.

Mount Carmel Elementary

Mount Carmel Elementary celebrated Food Service Appreciation by making sure its cafe staff members were informed how much they are treasured during morning announcements, which were made by small pirates.

Cafeteria workers were then serenaded by first-graders and given posters and cards by students. They also received gifts, including electric foot massagers, blankets, treasure chests full of candy, and cups filled with snacks.

Church Hill Elementary

Church Hill Elementary School honored its cafeteria staff and school resource officer (SRO) with a special meal.

The main message was to let them know students and faculty are appreciative of the work they do for our children every day.

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