Music and Food for the Soul

Posted by DEVRA ASHBY on 1/28/2022 10:00:00 AM

Long before the pandemic, our amazing D11 cafeteria and kitchen teams held a special place in the hearts of so many students, staff, and families. They work tirelessly to serve the wholesome food that keeps our students energized and ready to learn. But they do so much more. They build relationships with children, they tie their shoes, listen to their stories, and they are trusted adults in the lives of so many of our students. This story demonstrates their heart and dedication to our D11 family.

We received this story from Cristi Dozeman at Chipeta Elementary. Ms. Dozeman writes:

During those hard times of COVID-19, it was very challenging as a lunch lady. In the beginning, it was hard to keep up with all the kids in the school. Missing their little smiles and cute jokes. I was the lunch lady that would wipe those little noses when they were runny or wipe those cute little messy faces. It's like we missed out on two years of their lives. Not being able to have that connection with them, not getting to know their names and not being able to hear their crazy stories have been so difficult.

I wanted to have that connection with them and still have fun with them, but couldn't figure out a way. I thought to myself about what makes my kids happy and excited without even trying. MUSIC!!!! So I brought my speaker and hooked up my music so I could try to lighten up the mood in the lunchroom. I knew through music we could connect somehow.

Just watching those babies dance and be silly for a change has been so refreshing. Even my staff has gotten in on the fun and I catch them singing and dancing as well. I didn't think things would be the same after all this, but we sure found a way to make it fun for the kids again. We found a way to empower these wonderful kids in a fun way. I love the fact that I could have this fun connection with them and everyone else through music.

I am a very passionate person when it comes to music 🎶 and I am glad I got a chance to use that passion for them. I invite anyone that wants to come by and get in on the fun on Fridays at Chipeta to see what amazing kids we truly have. Thanks for listening to my short story.