Harker Heights High School cafeteria workers will get a well-deserved Valentine’s Day break when a group of students assume some of their duties next week in a show of appreciation.
A dozen members of the Harker Heights Junior Ambassadors met at the Harker Heights Activities Center Monday night to make Valentine’s Day goody bags and write personalized thank-you notes for 18 cafeteria workers as part of the club’s fifth annual service project, “We Heart Our Cafeteria Workers.”
After the two lunch rushes, the Ambassadors will roll up their sleeves to wash tables, pick up chairs and empty garbage bags in the cafeteria.
“No one ever thinks of them and they don’t genuinely get any type of recognition,” said Kimberly Huerta, club president and Harker Heights High School senior. “They really appreciate it and it’s nice to see them happy.”
The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce established the Junior Ambassadors program in 2006 as a way to connect high school students with the community through service projects. The group has 32 members this year.
“The program has always been successful and the young people learn about the world of work, community service and entrepreneurship,” said Joyce Hodson, Junior Ambassadors director. “The program also does a lot for the city as well. The students also learn about citizenship and are required to attend two council meetings per year.”
The Ambassadors perform several community service projects, including the Christmas Bake and Take for the police and fire departments. They also volunteer at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the chamber’s Halloween and Easter events.
Hayley Boyton, a senior and club vice president, said she has never seen anyone more appreciative of their efforts than the cafeteria staff.
“They do a lot of hard work and this is our way of thanking them,” she said.
The Junior Ambassadors meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month during the school year at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail. Hodson said the meetings are open to all Harker Heights High School students. To get involved, call Hodson at 254-319-8910.