On Thursday, December 15, 2016, Milford School District students were treated to guests serving them their Christmas lunch. Sara Croce, Chief Financial Officer for Milford School District, said that it is a great way to welcome the community into the district.
“We strive to include the community whenever possible,” Ms. Croce said. “Our community is very supportive of our schools and we thought this event would be a great way for the students and staff to interact with local leaders in a festive way.”
Milford High School students were served lunch by Chief Kenneth Brown and Sgt. John Horsman from Milford Police Department while Milford Central Academy students were treated by Lt. Richard Jefferson and PFC Mikhail Stanton, also from the Milford Police Department. Lt. Edward Huey and Cpl. Tim Maloney as well as Assistant Chief Brennan Fountain, Chaplain Tom Passmore, Capt. Kevin Donovan and Assistant Chief Shawn Hinton from Carlisle Fire Company served at Lulu M. Ross Elementary. At Benjamin Banneker Elementary, Lt. David Wells and Cpl. Theresa Bloodsworth joined Firefighters Earl Briel and Brandon Shockley. Firefighters Kyle Perry and Mike Stubbs from Ellendale Fire Company served at Evelyn I. Morris Early Childhood Center.
At Mispillion Elementary, Capt. Gary Bailey and Sgt. Robert Masten joined Captain Billy Caiola and Firefighter Adam Fluharty from Carlisle Fire Company. Representative Harvey Kenton also helped assist students as they received the annual Christmas lunch of turkey with all the trimmings.
“It was really cool to get my lunch from a fireman,” Rebecca said. “I remembered the number that was on the truck. It was number 42. That’s their station number.” Ava said it felt a little “weird” to get her lunch from a police officer because it had never happened to her before. She said she was surprised that firemen were handing out lunches. Caden said that it was fun having a police officer give him his lunch. He said he had never thought about policemen handing out lunches to kids before.
Interacting with community leaders provides role models and different learning tools for teachers to use when they educate children on career opportunities, Ms. Croce said. It also allows students to see the more approachable side to first responders and community leaders.
“Everyone involved in the event had a great experience,” Ms. Croce said. “Our students and staff were excited to see the men and women in uniform, as well as our local legislators. In addition, our cafeteria staff were excited to have the extra help during lunch service.”
Every student in Milford School District can receive a free hot lunch for as part of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), a program sponsored by the federal government for districts with a high number of low-income families. To qualify, the district must have a student percentage of 40 percent or higher of students who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch.
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