Name a superhero. Superman, or maybe Batman? Both good picks. What about the everyday heroes; the ordinary people that make life better for the rest of us? Police officers and firefighters often come to mind. But there’s another everyday hero that doesn’t always get the same recognition – school foodservice employees. Day in, day out, lunch staff serve millions of children; often with a smile and rarely with a thanks. Luckily, that appears to be changing.
The brainchild of Jarrett Krosoczka, School Lunch Hero Day celebrates all the lunch ladies (and men) who serve millions of students every week. On May 6, 2016, schools around the country will be celebrating the day as a way to give back to all the unsung heroes.
The Origins of School Lunch Hero Day
Author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka started his popular Lunch Lady book series after a visit to his old elementary school – Gates Lane School. In a fortuitist series of events, Krosoczka ran into a lunch lady from his childhood and an idea was born: what if the lunch staff serve food by day, but fight crime by night? A few years and 10 books later, Krosoczka’s idea of crime-fighting lunch ladies has not only won him acclaim, but more importantly it has shown the widespread love for lunch staff employees. Thus, School Lunch Hero Day was born.
Explaining his objective for the holiday, Krosoczka says,