Benny Boyd offers tasty thank you to teachers

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By ANTHONY FLORES

The Liberty Hill Junior High parking lot was packed with teachers driving through to pick up free meals as a thank you for the work they put in over this pandemic-affected school year.

LHISD principals formed an efficient conveyor line, preparing two plates for each passing vehicle. Local auto dealership, Benny Boyd, partnered with the district to provide the meal for teachers.

“We want to give a big shout out to Benny Boyd for approaching us and saying they had the ability to do this, and they wanted to serve our teachers,” said Superintendent Steve Snell. “I’m thankful that businesses like this recognize that teachers can use a helping hand, and thanks now and then.”

Jamie Erickson, head of community relations for Benny Boyd, helped organize the event as a gesture of thanks.

“We wanted to partner with Liberty Hill ISD, and they wanted to reward their teachers in a unique way because of the last year,” said Erickson. “With all the challenges that they had, we feel like these guys are our first responders in the community. They were the ones that stepped up. It was the teachers, the staff, the custodians and bus drivers.”

Erickson brought in outside help to get the menu set and prepared.

“We thought it would be best to help in any way we could,” said Erickson. “With the help of John Reynolds from Lockhart, we got together and said let’s go ahead and feed all of the teachers two dinners. Pork Chops, potato salad, and green beans. We couldn’t be more thrilled to support the ISD. It hasn’t been an easy year.”

Snell said this is a nice way to show how grateful the district is to the staff, which put students first.

“This year was one of the most difficult years in public school history,” said Snell. “From COVID to winter events, to hail storms, safety protocols, and in-person learning to remote. Our teachers have done all this with a smile on their faces. The ability to give back to them is incredible.”

Despite the year they’ve dealt with, the LHISD administration aims to make the remaining weeks of the school year the best they can for their students, and especially for graduating seniors.

“We have five weeks left, and we’re going to make the most of it,” said Snell. “We’re trying to have all of the rituals that we canceled last year. Everything we do leans toward graduating out our senior class. So we’re looking forward to having great events for them. It’s been exhausting, and we’ve tried to make the most of it, and to be honest, even with everything else it’s turned out to be a fantastic year.”

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