GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf County School Leaders are making sure no child goes hungry while they're at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Students in Gulf County receive lunches from the school district while they are at home during the coronavirus pandemic. (WJHG/WECP)
While they may not be getting on the bus to go to school, bus drivers will still drive their normal routes, as part of Gulf County Schools' efforts to make this challenging time feel a little bit easier for the kids.
"When they see us on the bus, they're like, 'oh my gosh there she is, Ms. Elizabeth's here, everything's going to be okay, everything's going to be okay,' just like we recovered after the hurricane," said Elizabeth Davis, a paraprofessional at Port St. Joe Elementary School.
For many Gulf County kids, these lunches are more than just a meal, it's a return to normalcy.
"We've been through a lot, and this was another hard hit, trying to finally get back into our routine, and then we're hit again, so now we have to find a new routine," said parent Sara Walker.
With Hurricane Michael a not so distant memory, some families say they feel like the coronavirus hit just as hard.
For Gulf County Schools Superintendent Jim Norton, seeing how this impacts the families, is a reminder of why he does this job.
"It makes you appreciate what you do, and it makes you appreciate that we have a higher purpose, in this case public service," said Norton.
And it gives him hope things will be back to normal soon.
"We want to be back in school. We're ready for prom and a baseball game," Norton said.
Families can also go to Port St. Joe Elementary School to pick up their lunches.
That starts at 11:30 a.m. during the week.
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