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  • May Topic: Celebrating Our School Lunch Heroes!

     

    National School Lunch Hero Day: A Tribute to Our Everyday Superheroes

    As the sun rises on May 3, 2024, schools across the nation will come together to celebrate a group of unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes, the School Lunch Heroes! These dedicated individuals ensure that every student who walks into their cafeteria receives not just a meal, but also a warm smile, a listening ear, and a sense of belonging.

    Why Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day?

    In 2013, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) joined forces with author Jarrett J. Krosoczka, known for his popular "Lunch Lady" book series, to create a day of recognition for these extraordinary individuals. And thus, School Lunch Hero Day was born!

    Who Are Our Heroes?

    Our school lunch heroes wear aprons instead of capes, and their superpowers include whipping up delicious and nutritious meals, managing food allergies, and ensuring that every student feels welcome. They are the friendly faces who greet our children each day, making sure they have the fuel they need to learn, grow, and thrive.

    How Can You Celebrate?

    1. Express Your Gratitude:
      Write heartfelt thank-you notes to your school lunch heroes. Let them know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication.
      Organize a student-led assembly where students can publicly thank these everyday superheroes.
    2. Decorate the Cafeteria:
      Deck out the cafeteria with banners, streamers, and posters celebrating our lunch heroes.
      Encourage students to create artwork or posters showcasing their favorite lunchtime memories.
    3. Host a "Lunch Hero" Parade:
      Gather students, teachers, and staff for a lively parade through the school hallways. Wave banners, blow bubbles, and cheer for our lunch heroes!
      Don't forget to play some upbeat music to set the festive mood.
    4. Create a Heroic Menu:
      Collaborate with your school's nutrition team to design a special menu for the day. Feature student favorites and maybe even a surprise treat!
      Consider naming dishes after superheroes or lunchtime legends.
    5. Share Their Stories:
      Interview your school lunch heroes and share their stories 
      Highlight their dedication, creativity, and the impact they make on students' lives.
    6. Get Involved!

    Whether you're a student, teacher, or parent, you can participate in School Lunch Hero Day. Let's celebrate these unsung champions who nourish both bodies and hearts. 🙌❤️

    Remember, our school lunch heroes don't wear capes—they wear aprons, and they serve up kindness, one tray at a time! 🍽️

    Join the nationwide celebration and spread the word: #SchoolLunchHeroDay!

     

    Sources:
    - [Learn more about School Lunch Hero Day](https://schoolnutrition.org/about-school-meals/school-lunch-hero-day/)
    - Watch Jarrett Krosoczka's inspiring Ted Talk about School Lunch Hero Day
    - Get official School Lunch Hero Day artwork and logos [here](https://schoolnutrition.org/about-school-meals/school-lunch-hero-day/)
    - Explore fun student activities and ideas [here](https://www.weareteachers.com/school-lunch-hero-day/)

     

     

    Fun Resources & Activities:

    School Lunch Hero Day Cards English

    School Lunch Hero Day Cards Espanol

    Make your own School Lunch Comic

    DIY Student Signed Apron Craft

    How to Draw Lunch Lady