National School Lunch Week brought out the creativity of local school food service managers. Nettie Boose of Lecanto High School decorated the room with paper parrots, huge spiders, butterflies and stuffed jungle animals. To bring in the tropical feeling, Color Country Nursery donated several tropical plants. Robert McKinnon and Doug Sawyer helped Boose transport the plants to and from the nursery.
Oct. 16, Robert Cooper brought in a variety of tropical birds he and his wife bred and trained. He demonstrated the care and handling of these large, colorful denizens of the jungle, answered questions and allowed some of the students to have a hands-on experience with them.
Food followed the safari theme and teacher Chuck Holstein provided aprons with the message "Wild About School Lunch." Connie Philips and her art class provided the colorful lunch week banner. The overhead netting, which Boose decorated with tropical vines, was donated by the school's Army JROTC. Food Service Director Shirley Green lent the stuffed animals that provided the wild life, the green streamers for bright background and several small items that were prizes during the two-day event.
Denise Roof and Maida Carnley assisted Boose in decorating the area and Glenn Martin, head custodian, provided the golf cart that became the safari vehicle.
Boose offers her thanks to everyone who helped make this event the wild success it was.
National School Lunch Week was celebrated at Lecanto High School Oct. 13 to Oct. 17. Students were "Wild About School Lunch" and enjoyed the safari-themed cafeteria setting and food. It was "Secrets of the Savanna" on Oct. 15 and a "Desert Oasis" on Oct. 16.
Lecanto High School students take a minute to enjoy themselves under the National School Lunch Week banner during the Safari Days event at the school, proving that they really are "Wild About School Lunch."