Enjoying dinner and conversation at the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner Monday at Jefferson High School are, from left, Marley Haunhorst, Tamara Haunhorst, Officer Chad Haunhorst, Logan Kimmet, Crystal Kimmet, Assistant Police Chief Ryan Kimmet and Mahlon Haunhorst. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Enjoying dinner and conversation at the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner Monday at Jefferson High School are, from left, Marley Haunhorst, Tamara Haunhorst, Officer Chad Haunhorst, Logan Kimmet, Crystal Kimmet, Assistant Police Chief Ryan Kimmet and Mahlon Haunhorst. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — More than 40 students helped prepare and serve a complete lasagna dinner to members of local law enforcement and their families Monday evening.

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.”

The 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.

“The 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.

“A 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.