Dr. Christy Starnes got up early, like usual, April 16, and headed to a Rockwood school in the Fenton community. Only it wasn't her normal destination, Stanton Elementary, where she serves as principal. Instead, Starnes drove to Rockwood South Middle where she and other administrators distributed "grab and go" breakfast and lunch meals to students' families.
"The great part for me has been working at a location in Fenton so I get to connect with some of my families," said Starnes. "It's been good for my soul to see some people I know and maintain that community contact."
Starnes joined Lafayette High Assistant Principal Dr. Tim Jones. Both wore protective masks and gloves. It was evident they had established a routine.
"Parents drive up in their vehicles and we greet them," said Jones. "We ask how many pre-packaged meals they need, put them on the seat, and we send them on their way. Rockwood is continuing food service to the last day of school."
District officials circulated a sign-up sheet among administrators to volunteer at food distribution sites at Selvidge Middle, Rockwood South Middle and LaSalle Springs Middle, Monday-Friday from 8-10 a.m.
Jones said cafeteria staff arrive much earlier to get the food packages ready.
"They put in a lot of hours preparing these meal packages," said Jones. "I'm sure it's a finely tuned process at Selvidge and LaSalle Springs, too."
Kitchen staff arrive at 6:00 a.m. to prepare the grab-and-go meal packages. Breakfast options include cereal and a graham cracker or mini-pancakes. Lunch options include chicken patties, corn dogs, turkey sandwiches, salami sandwiches, cheese pretzels and Uncrustables (peanut butter and jelly without the crust).
Anna Large is normally a cook at Lafayette High. During the COVID-19 schools closure, she is working at Selvidge.
"We prepare all the meals," said Large. "We cook all the sandwiches, prep the bags, tie them and put them in trays. Then the administrators take over."