A group of Polk County residents honored faculty and staff at Polk County High School with a covered dish luncheon on Friday, Feb. 18 in appreciation of their ongoing work and efforts with students.

Members of the local group Public Education Advocacy for Community Evolvement (P.E.A.C.E.) provided lunch for all PCHS workers. Members of the group brought soups, vegetables, desserts and more to feed staff and faculty.

“On behalf of all of Polk County High School, I want to say a sincere thank you to all of the families and individuals who pitched in to bring us lunch today,” said Dr. Brandon Schweizter, PCHS principal, in a note to the group.

“Personally, I have reflected a lot recently on what kindness really looks like and the profound impact it has on others. The gesture from the team of people today to take care of our staff is an act of kindness that carries special meaning in the face of all that has happened in public education over the past several years. It helps ut some wind back in our sails when we know we have the support of the community.

“Again, a sincere thank you.”

Faculty and staff offered similar sentiments.

“We absolutely loved everything you did for us today,” said English teacher Donna Everett. “You will never fully realize the impact you made on our staff today. We appreciate knowing that so many of you support our kids and our schools and us!

“Thank you doesn’t feel adequate for the work and hours you all put in – please know how very grateful we are.”