Lunch Bites and Bytes
by Lisa Dennsion
Food Service Director
Feeling a part of something greater than ourselves is an experience meant for all of us.
Not only does the Pocahontas County Schools food service program work because of the cooks and others mentioned in last week’s Lunch Bite article, it works because of the teachers and staff and parents/guardians of our children. Regretfully, in that last article, I unintentionally omitted two important people – Alice Irvine, our assistant superintendent/treasurer and Erin Lore, a cook at Green Bank school. They have been tremendous support to me and for the food service program.
National Hot Lunch Week was a success, because we are a community helping one another in our daily tasks to accomplish so much in this community.
The Goose Story
~ Author Unknown
When you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in their familiar “V” formation, you might be interested to know why they fly that way.
Science has learned that, as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately behind it. By flying in a “V” formation, the flock together gains 70% more flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Like the geese, people who share a common direction and a sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Whenever one goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. It will quickly try to get back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing, and another goose takes over the point position.
It pays to take turns doing hard jobs!
The geese flying in back honk constantly, as you’ve no doubt heard whenever a flock passes overhead. They do this to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
An encouraging word goes a long way!
Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of the formation, two geese follow it down to stay with it and protect it. They stay until the goose is either able to fly again, or dies. They then launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other.