Members of the Tomball High School Student Council rewarded area police officers, firefighters and EMS workers for their dedication, by providing a free lunch for them Jan. 30. Students called it the Food for Courage campaign.
"We started this five years ago with a Cookies for Courage campaign and it evolved into serving an entire meal," said student council advisor Billie Ann Dio. "It's a way of giving back and a good way for the students to see the true heroes of the community."
The students served beef stew, rice, salad, bread and desserts. The desserts were made by the students, while the staff of the Tomball High School cafeteria helped make the rest of the meal.
"It's a great blessing for me to be able to do something like this," said student council President Anna Liu. "A lot of people my age don't get to contribute to their community. I get a lot out of giving back. I love getting to show them gratitude for all that they do for us."
Student Matthew Pallini agreed with Liu.
"It's very comforting to help the people who help us," he said.
Cpt. Daniel Hancock of Northwest EMS said recognition and appreciation like this makes the job worthwhile.
"We don't work for thank you's, we do this because we love to help, but something like this is very nice and motivational," he said.
Tomball Police Cpt. Rick Grassi said that seeing the area youth come together like this gives him hope for the future.
"It's wonderful to see the youth leaders of the community showing their appreciation for the men and women of public safety," he said. "Seeing these kids reach out to recognize us inspires me and I hope that we inspire them to help others as well."