I have mentioned before that I am in charge of the Sunshine Committee at my school. We have just finished our state testing as well as MAP testing and we are all simply EXHAUSTED! As chair of the committee, I love looking for ways for our staff to come together for fun, put a smile on their faces, and spread some sunshine. So for the first time ever, I hosted a "Salad Bar Luncheon" for staff. Let me explain!
I printed and posted the above sign in key locations around our building to talk this activity up in order to maximize participation. Next I posted a sign up in the office as I knew I couldn't do this alone, nor could the committee afford the whole luncheon. In order to dine, staff members had to bring in a salad ingredient. My sign up sheet included various veggies, proteins, pasta salads, Ramen Noodle salads, Caprese salads, fun toppings, beverages, and crackers. That way, staff members had the option of making it as easy or complicated as they wished.
Lettuces, salad dressings, plates, utensils, and napkins were all purchased with Sunshine Funds. (That was my job.) I purchased my lettuce in bulk from Gordon Food Service, as well as some large bowls and utensils, so we could use them again in the future.
Upon arrival at school, staff members brought their veggies, toppings, beverages, and salads to the staff lounge where we loaded everything onto a cart. All items were wheeled into our walk in refrigerator in the kitchen in order to keep chilled until lunch time.
In our building, our lunch times vary so lunch is served for various staff members anytime 10:45-2:00. I staggered the times that food went out twice in hopes that things remained fresh and cold. And here is what our spread looked like! All staff members were encouraged to eat in the common staff lounge as opposed to isolated with their grade levels, and most did just that. It was great to see everyone chatting, mingling, eating, and smiling.
And the best part....there are still leftovers for Friday's lunch. Food is truly the way to make our staff members smile. We are all so tired this time of the year, and it's always so well received and appreciated. So you may want to consider doing this at your school. This truly is the time of year when we simply can not eat one more turkey sandwich. A fresh, beautiful salad fueled everyone up for an afternoon of fun and learning. Perhaps you will try this in your own building!
Until Next Time,