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High school students are stepping up to help local schools with hot lunches

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 7:17 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - High school students are stepping up to help a local elementary school serve hot lunches for kids.

Schools have been struggling to do so because of staffing shortages. Fruitvale Elementary School is one of the schools getting help from the Mesa County Valley School District 51 Career Center students.

Hayley Soderberg is a student at the District 51 Career Center who is involved in the In-Steps program. Currently, she’s providing a helping hand at Fruitvale Elementary School’s cafeteria. “It makes me feel pretty good about myself and the other students and helping them out,” explained Soderberg.

She helps by serving the students their food.

“They communicate pretty well, and I communicate pretty well by telling them what they want, asking what they want, and they tell me what they want and need, and I get it for them,” expressed Soderberg.

Dan Sharp, Director of Nutrition and Services, says last week, 30 percent of the cafeteria team had been out.

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