At the end of the day, students take away numbers, equations, formulas, punctuation, a piling homework to-do list, laughs from friends, anger from a bad grade, and a smile from a good one. Little do we know that as we trudge to our cars to go home at the end our day, we take away the positivity of the warm smiles and the hard-working mindset of the people who truly make our school a wonderful place.
The cafeteria staff helps to make our school environment more enjoyable each day. However, despite all they do for us, we don’t really seem to know them as well as we thought. The staff cares very deeply for all of the students by always being ready to aid them in any way that they can.
Cassandra Henderson has worked for two years in the Thomasville High School cafeteria.
“I love them! They are like my children, and I am ‘Mom’,” said Henderson.
Brenda Wilson started as a sub and got hired full time last year as assistant manager of the THS cafeteria.
“I try to know everyone personally; I try to get their vibe. I don’t know how the students’ lives are at the house, but I can affect their lives positively at school… with love,” said Wilson.
Although we know the faces, few of us actually know the individual interests of these remarkable people. They all have places they dream to go to, hobbies and sports they played as kids, movies they like, and of course, three wishes they could have come true.
Toby Lamica has been working at the MacIntyre Park cafeteria at Scholars Academy since 2007.
“If I had three wishes, I would want a chauffeur, another dog, and to retire,” said Lamica.
“My favorite hobby as a kid was kickball,” said Henderson.
“The coolest place I’ve ever been to was Myrtle Beach on my bike. There were over 20,000 bikes that cruised the streets,” said Wilson.
"My favorite kind of movie is romance; I’m a romantic. I love watching the Hallmark channel,” said Lamica.
These staff members have the best ideas on how to improve our school since they interact with students every day during the week.
“All of the adults really need to learn more about the kids,’” said Wilson.
“We need more togetherness between faculty staff and nutrition staff. When everybody works together you can't lose!” said Henderson.
These are only a few of the many inspiring people who work behind the scenes to improve our school in the smallest but most effective ways possible.
So if you meet the friendly smile of the cafeteria staff while you type in your lunch number, give them a friendly “Thank you for all you do,” or “Hope your day is going well,” so we can show how much we really appreciate what they do for us and our amazing school. In the words of Henderson…“Go Bulldogs!”