Save the Day: One School Lunch at a Time


Ella Hummeldorf

Usually when people think of superheroes the first thing to come to mind is Superman or Ironman. But during National School Lunch Week (NSLW), students at Tompkins could see their own teacher superheroes helping to serve lunch during the week of Oct. 14-18. The staff members who served were: Principal Mark Grisdale, teachers Ryan Culver, Gena Williams, Gregory Renoud and Tiffany Kang. President John F. Kennedy created NSLW in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. To continue this tradition, Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service director Donna Pittenger decided to have the “superheroes” serve healthy school lunches to promote healthy eating.

“It was super endearing to be nominated as a superhero teacher. This was the first time I was ever nominated for something here at Tompkins, this is my first year here. Working at lunch was something I have never done before, so it was really interesting to see the behind the scenes of the cafeteria,” said Kang.

The teachers or staff members who were nominated to the NSLW went to the main cafeteria during their lunch time and helped serve food for that period. The superhero member helped in the regular lunch line serving food and helping the regular lunch room staff. The message of the NSLW was to show the students their own school teachers/heroes helping in daily school life outside of their classrooms and to point out that anyone can do a good deed while eating healthy.

“Serving in the cafeteria was about what I expected it to be. It was crazy busy and hard to keep up with everyone in line. It was also fun seeing the reaction of my students when they recognized me. I had a lot of students ask why I was there. I was able to joke around and have some fun with them,” said Renoud.

During the two days, student picked superheroes to serve a different lunch during their assigned lunch period, except during D lunch and B lunch on Oct 15. The schedule was below:

Monday 10/14 (Regular Schedule)

A Lunch – 10:09-10:39 – Mark Grisdale, Principal

B Lunch – 10:39-11:08 – Ryan Culver

C Lunch – 11:08-11:38 – Gena Williams


Tuesday 10/15 (Enrichment/Take Flight Schedule)

A Lunch – 10:30-11:00 – Gregory Renoud

C Lunch – 11:29-11:59 – Tiffany Kang