RHINELANDER - School cafeteria workers work hard for their students.
Kids and staff showed their appreciation today.
Students, staff, and parents thank their local cafeteria workers on School Lunch Hero Day.
Rhinelander High School celebrated their kitchen staff.
Here's what one high school senior thought about his cafeteria.
"The lunch ladies are fantastic, they really talk to you while you're getting your food," said Rhinelander High School senior Matt Will. "They don't just like, take a spoonful and just plop it right on there and say "Have Fun!" and that's the most interaction you get all day. No, they actually communicate with you and ask you what you want and then make it perfectly."
School Lunch Hero Day is sponsored by the School Nutrition Association.
It is a day to start off School Nutrition Employee Week.
"Lunch Lady Day, let's celebrate it, let's really get it out there that these ladies really do a lot," said Rhinelander School District Food Director Patricia Karaba. "They do about 1500 meals per day and 600 breakfasts a day in the district. So that's a lot of work."
School Nutrition Employee Week runs through May 5th through the 9th.
Next week you can show your appreciation for school nutrition staff.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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