‘Community helpers’ found at holiday lunches

MILFORD — When Milford School District elementary students went to lunch Thursday afternoon, something was different.

A full holiday meal decked out with all the dressings, sauces and other staples awaited their arrival with friends new and old eager to serve the hungry masses.

While Sharon Forrest, child nutrition supervisor for the district, called it a staff appreciation event, children throughout the cafeteria could be heard calling it a feast.

Lunch guests were also greeted by “community helpers” such as legislators, firefighters, police officers and, of course, school leadership.

Senator Gary Simpson joins staff and other “community helpers” Thursday afternoon at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Milford for a holiday lunch. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

“Thanksgiving came so fast that we couldn’t get it together in time for that, so here we are,” she said. “It’s kind of to help with community relations and to let the children know there are great community folks here.”

School Resource Officer Theresa Bloodsworth said the event offers positive support to students and staff.

“They are so excited. They’re like: This is different than other times. It’s good for them to see others who do my job and these other jobs that are represented here,” she said while attending lunch at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.

Others offering help at the school included Firefighter Brandon Shockley of Carlisle Fire Company, Superintendent Dr. Kevin Dickerson, Assistant “ helper” Principal Lisa Alfaro, Principal Dr. Bobbie Kilgore and Senator Gary Simpson to name just a few.

“Especially at Christmas, it’s great to see their smiling faces and have a chance to see the schools,” Sen. Simpson said.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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