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Oconee County Schools cafeteria staff invested in Oconee’s youth

It’s 5:25 a.m., and Shannon Hutchison is thinking about her kids.

No, not her three daughters at home still under their covers. Her mind is on the 131 students who will be showing up for breakfast in an hour and a half.

Renee Garrett prepares OCS breakfast

Renee Garrett clocks in before 6 a.m. to prepare the serving line. [Photo by Steven Colquitt]

Once Hutchison opens the door to the Malcom Bridge Elementary School kitchen, everything she does during her shift will be for those children.

“We all know what a great position this is,” Hutchison said. “It’s special getting to know all of the kids and watching them grow. Pretty soon, they’re ‘grown and flown,’ so we treasure this time with them. What we’re doing is important. They can’t learn on an empty stomach.” Like her counterparts at the additional schools in Oconee County, Hutchison has a predawn routine that may not be in the spotlight yet is vital to the district’s overall success. On this particular morning, the elementary school menu lists a meal of eggs, ham, cereal and fruit. Hutchison’s first charge shortly after 5:30 a.m. is to prepare the eggs.

For complete coverage, see the December 14, 2023 edition of The Oconee Enterprise. Subscribe today!

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