Ritenour High School Students Deliver Lunch to First Responders on Patriots Day
First Responders Day on Sept. 11 has become a patriotic tradition that Ritenour High School students take seriously as they honor local heroes with a delicious lunch.
This year, students in HOSA (a future health professionals organization at RHS) combined efforts with the school’s culinary students to say thank to first responders by delivering lunch to Community Fire Protection Houses #1, #2 and #3, as well as to police departments of Overland, St. John, Breckenridge Hills, Edmundson, St. Ann and Woodson Terrace. In addition, students decorated the office of RHS School Resource Officers and also provided them with a special lunch.
Ritenour students have been organizing First Responders Day since 2014, which was the brainchild of a senior who planned to become an EMT and paramedic.
This semester’s students in the RHS pastry class made a variety of cookies, RHS staff grilled hot dogs, and a multitude of students and staff signed giant cards thanking fire fighters, EMTs, paramedics, police and their support staff in their departments for serving the community with valor. Along with the hot dogs and cookies, students brought buns, chips and patriotic table settings.
Fire fighters and police were excited to welcome students into their kitchens. Members of Community Fire House #1 enjoyed showing students how to use a fire hose, try on fire gear and sit in the driver seat of the fire truck.
"This was really fun and it was great to thank them,” said Jordan Fritzsche, an RHS junior who is part of HOSA.
Ritenour High School Principal Jeff Marker said he is proud of students and staff who have made it a priority to say thank you to Ritenour’s first responders on Patriots Day.
“Many of our students weren’t born when the 9-11 tragedy happened in 2001 but they know how important our own first responders are and the vital role they play in keeping our community safe,” said Marker. “It’s nice to witness our students serving them and showing their appreciation for what our police and fire departments do every day.”