School Board members help in cafeterias _lowres

Photo submitted by Jon Loveall -- East Feliciana Middle School cafeteria manager Ella Williams, left, assists East Feliciana School Board member Derald Spears in the cafeteria as he volunteers as part of Legislative Shadowing Week.

East Feliciana Parish students encountered some new faces at breakfast and lunch during the first week in February.

Several East Feliciana Parish School Board members volunteered their time in cafeterias across the parish as part of Legislative Shadowing Week, a statewide event designed to highlight the importance of health and educational support that child nutrition programs provide.

The message of the week’s events rang clear to those who participated, according to faculty members.

“Hot, healthy, nutritious meals enhance the learning of our kids,” said board member Broderick Brooks Sr., who assisted with the preparation of breakfast and lunch Feb. 6 at Clinton Elementary School and lunch at East Feliciana Middle School.

Three additional board members assisted the district’s child nutrition program in the preparation of breakfast and lunch throughout the week.

Board member Joyce Kent aided Slaughter Elementary School for breakfast and lunch Feb. 2. Derald Spears Jr. assisted with lunch at East Feliciana Middle School on Feb. 4. Beth Dawson assisted with breakfast and lunch at Jackson Elementary School and East Feliciana High School on Feb. 4 and lunch at East Feliciana Middle School on Feb. 5.

Members of the board stressed the importance of developing personal relationships as they seek to make decisions that enhance the education of the children in East Feliciana Parish.

“As a new board member, I am looking forward to being more hands-on with the students and staff at our schools,” Spears said. “I want them to know the new board as individuals and not just School Board members.”

School Board members and cafeteria staff members said they enjoyed the experience.

“We have enjoyed working with Mr. Brooks and we hope that he returns soon,” Clinton Elementary School cafeteria worker Dorothy Turner said.

Members also heard firsthand from students about the value that school breakfast and lunch programs bring to their education.

“I really enjoyed working with the students and staff at Slaughter Elementary School,” Kent said.

“One student asked me if I was a new worker. I laughed and told the student no. The student told me that they needed help in the cafeteria.”