Montes­sori stu­dents serve lunch to city ser­vice of­fi­cials

The Covington News - - Front Page - RACHEL GOFF News Ed­i­tor

A lunch cooked by 3year-olds doesn’t sound ap­pe­tiz­ing to most; how­ever, it was just that at the Montes­sori School of Cov­ing­ton’s an­nual Com­mu­nity Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Chili Lun­cheon Mon­day.

The event hon­ored lo­cal public ser­vice per­son­nel by serv­ing chili and desserts made by 3 to 5-yearold stu­dents, with help from the school’s staff and par­ents.

The early child­hood stu­dents used skills they have been prac­tic­ing all year to mix lemon­ade, chop veg­eta­bles, grate cheese, cook chili, set and clear the ta­bles and wel­come their spe­cial guests.

Shan­non Fritz­ius, the school’s lead teacher, said the event teaches chil­dren how to be in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

“We want them to be pro­duc­tive mem­bers of so­ci­ety and prac­tice life skills such as this,” she said.

Med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, fire­fight­ers, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and mem­bers of law en­force­ment were all served by the stu­dents.

Guests chose from fire­house, mild, white chicken and veg­e­tar­ian chili and a dessert of ei­ther ba­nana pud­ding or dirt cake. Chil­dren also went around the room serv­ing bread and re­fill­ing glasses of ice tea, water or fresh­squeezed lemon­ade.

Mon­day’s event marked the 11th year the school has hosted a chili lun­cheon and the as­pect of com­mu­nity ser­vice in­cluded in the lun­cheon is part of the Montes­sori cur­ricu­lum which teaches the chil­dren to give back to a com­mu­nity that has given them so much, Fritz­ius said.

Rachel Goff /The Cov­ing­ton News

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