Ozark School hosts restaurant run by 2nd graders

OZARK, Mo. — Sophomores in the Ozark School District have restaurant work experience to add to their resumes after opening their businesses Tuesday (4/26/22).

East Elementary Ozark students learn about expenses, loans, restaurant management, and goods and services by creating and managing their own restaurants. Each second year class had its own restaurant with its own unique theme.

“This is a great culminating activity that ties it all together and makes it accessible and enjoyable and hopefully very memorable for these kids,” said East Elementary teacher Stacy Yerby.

The children complete an application and are interviewed for the various positions. Guests can enjoy hand-drawn menus, customer service, and a fancy lunch of fries, hot dogs, cookies, and soda.

“My favorite part is just seeing my mom and dad and sitting them down because it’s really fun seeing your parents and talking to them at your school,” said Cora, a hostess at the school-themed restaurant. emoji who laughs a lot.

Yerby said it was good to see parents, government officials and police in person and to have fun at the restaurant run by second-graders. This is the first year the event has been open since the start of the COVID pandemic.

“Being able to serve them and communicate with them is just a joy that we haven’t had in a long time, we really missed it a lot,” Yerby said.

The gymnasium was packed with tables, community members and kids busy taking orders, carrying plates of food and making time to dance and have fun.

“It’s really fun to do a restaurant because people don’t believe kids can run a restaurant, but they can,” Cora said.

“I was very nervous after being out for two years,” Yerby said. “We have new teachers in our team who have never done it before. But everything went well. »

Although the event is over for this year, there will definitely be another second year restaurant in the future.

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