no kid hungry

It’s a special recognition for one of our staff members here at Tecumseh Public Schools.

Deb Irwin has been named a National School Lunch Hero! She works in the cafeteria at Patterson Intermediate Learning Center. Mrs. Irwin's dedication, kindness, and delicious meals have nourished our students over the years.

This recognition comes from No Kid Hungry - Michigan, as Mrs. Irwin was nominated by staff members from Patterson ILC.

School nutrition programs are critical for student well-being and success, and these programs can only function with the passion, dedication, and hard work of school nutrition professionals. 

Recognition by Patterson ILC staff and students (taken from No Kid Hungry):

“Mrs. Irwin is an amazing nutrition hero! She cares so much about our student body and makes sure everyone is fed. The students speak volumes for her! Mikey: “She’s the nicest school cook I have ever had!” Chance: “She always makes sure we have good food! My favorite meal that she makes is the chicken sandwich!” Deb goes above and beyond- no student will go hungry. In addition, she takes care of our staff as well. Every Friday throughout the school year, Deb makes soup for the staff so we have warm a healthy meal as well. Sometimes she will surprise us with extra goodness – Mac and Cheese! In addition, Deb’s husband is also available when extra help is needed. For example, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin took time to put up a whiteboard that was needed in the hallway. I have to say, Deb is a shining gem in our school and she makes it a better place to be.”

“Mrs. Irwin makes a personal connection with every student and adult in the building. She goes out of her way to tutor students, have meaningful conversations with kids daily, connect with the team — she goes above and beyond daily and simply makes our school culture (and food) better.”

“Mrs. Irwin is the meal hero of our school because she does everything she can to make sure all students and staff are happy and healthy. She always accounts for all students and even provides a few extra snacks for those that she knows struggle at home. Field trips, family picnics, classroom parties, and more! Mrs. Irwin knows just how to make every student feel included here at Patterson. We would not be such a school community without her!”