Spearfish law enforcement promote healthy eating during school lunch week

Kindergartners at Mountain View Elementary School in Spearfish lined up for lunch Tuesday in front of two very unlikely lunch-men.

In honor of National School Lunch week members of the Spearfish Police Department and Animal Control are serving up fruit, milk, hot dogs, and Mountain View’s signature gluten-free “Taco in a Bag.” Students also have access to an unlimited fruit and salad bar.

By having officers serve their favorite lunches with a smile, the kids are introduced to law enforcement in the community in a friendly and familiar environment.

According to Coree Walker, the Spearfish food service director, many of the youngsters, don’t see servicemen and women in school.

“Especially at this kindergarten age group, you get a lot of curiosity,” said Walker. They’re a little confused because of the change in personnel. At the same time, they have a lot of fun with ‘Who are you? What are you doing here? Wow you’re big!’, things like that,” she laughed.

Through the course of the week, Spearfish Police, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, local firefighters and EMTs will serve lunches to students all over the district.

School leaders also hope that the kids’ exposure to healthy food will set good eating habits for students.

"It’s an opportunity to acknowledge our hometown heroes and let the kids experience something different during lunch service," Walker said. "We did this last year on a smaller scale for National School Breakfast Week and it was a huge success. The kids thought it was awesome and the officers had so much fun."