DELPHOS — More than 40 students helped prepare and serve a complete
lasagna dinner to members of local law enforcement and their families
Students from Jefferson High School’s National
Honor Society, Student Council, Jefferson Ambassadors and Future
Business Leaders of America started during study hall on Monday
preparing nine pans of lasagna and finished around 8 p.m. that evening
when the last person was served and the school cafeteria kitchen was put
back in order.
Officers arrived with their families for a
sit-down meal and others ate and then took carry-outs to fellow officers
on station and those coming in for third shift.
“We had great
attendance for our first-ever event,” FBLA advisor Missy McClurg. “We
had no idea what to expect. It was an open invitation.”
evening was set aside on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day,
something McClurg thought was needed, especially with the national
climate toward law enforcement right now.
“These officers need to
know we appreciate what they do every day and the kids need to know who
is out there keeping them safe,” McClurg added.
She said she has had nothing but positive feedback from parents and the students rose to the occasion.
kids from all these clubs came together and learned to work with each
other,” McClurg said. “There were a few who had never done dishes
before. So it was a learning experience all around.”
Officers and students shared the meal, an important part of the event, according to McClurg.
lot of these kids don’t know their local police officers,” she said. “I
had one girl ask why so many people were coming that didn’t have on
uniforms. So, it was a good way for them to meet the officers and have a
conversation with them and their families in a relaxed setting.”
The menu included lasagna, salad, garlic bread and dessert.