School administrators and counselors are known for wearing many hats, but pizza delivery driver is typically not one of them. After being out of school for three days due to extreme cold weather conditions, Whitesville Elementary School Principal Tricia Murphy, Ph.D., felt it was time to pay a visit to those students that might be in need of a hot meal.
After sending out a school-wide email inviting teachers to join her, Dr. Murphy teamed up with guidance counselor Destiny Clark and Shane and Kelly Ward, the owners of Mil’s Dairy Drive In to coordinate the donation and delivery of 14 pizzas, 2-liters of Sprite and other goodies.
WES students that are part of the Backpack Feeding Program, received their packages of food on Tuesday due to the forecast of inclement weather so Murphy was concerned that those students and their families would have to go another three days without food.
Third-grade teacher Amanda Puckett wrote to Owensboro Times to share what was happening at her school while teachers and students were not present. Puckett said it’s “a whole new world,” when you go on a home visit and see how students live outside of school and the true needs they have.
She said as excited as the students were to see their principal, and as much as they missed being at school, it was the efforts of her school leaders that she most admired.
“They do a lot behind the scenes and it’s definitely not for recognition — it’s for the kids,” Puckett said. “In my opinion, they are the definition of people that put “kids first” all the time. Every now and then I feel like people need to see how awesome they are. I wanted to make sure they were recognized because recognition is the last thing they are concerned about.”