Volunteers prep meals for senior citizens

105 breakfasts made during school closure

Contributed Photo Volunteers prep meals on Feb. 27 in the kitchen at Bonduel High School to deliver to senior citizens around the village of Bonduel. More than 105 meals were made after school closed for the day due to a water main break in the village.

Last week, the Bonduel School District had to cancel school and its monthly Senior Breakfast because of a water main break in the village of Bonduel and an immediate boil water order.

Yet an incredible thing happened.

Working together with the village, the school district was able to make lemonade out of lemons, deciding to make the breakfast anyway.

School district personnel including administration, teachers and their children, staff, and even a school board member and his wife were still able to set up a calling station in the district office, make the breakfast, package the breakfast using to go boxes donated by a local business, and use their own vehicles to deliver the breakfast to senior citizens, village employees, and others in need, complete with a carnation donated by a local flower shop.

According to Superintendent Joe Dawidziak, when the call went out asking for volunteers, he was hoping for six to eight people to respond. He stated that he stopped counting volunteers at 30, and that the actual amount of volunteers was staggering. Members of Bonduel High School’s boys basketball team also went to shovel a driveway and clear off the roof of a senior citizen concerned that the delivery crew might not be able to make it to their front door due to the snow in the way. All in all, 105 breakfasts were delivered to various addresses around the school district.

The school district and the village were able to work together in using the school district’s messaging system to notify residents of the boil water order and by sharing contact information in a confidential manner to make sure everyone in need got a breakfast delivered, with donated water.