Metro elementary school cafeteria supervisor praised for doing more than dishing up nutritious meals

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OKLAHOMA CITY - At Thelma Parks Elementary School, good things are cooking thanks to the hard work and loving care of cafeteria supervisor Kristi Harris.

She is helping nourish the bodies and the minds of the students and dishing up advice for those who need it.

"A lot of people say that they're in the job for the kids. But, I'm actually in the job for the kids. And over the years, I've been asked to be promoted to middle and high school, but I think this is where I can reach the most, at an elementary level," Harris said.

And students say Harris does more than just making sure they get a good and nutritious meal.

'"Well, she's kind and very, very nice. And she's the nicest person I've ever met in my whole life," said third grader Lilly Taylor.

Harris is always ready to help by lending an ear and giving sound advice.

"She's like a role model to me cause she really helps you and she will show you how to do stuff. She will help you like, with your homework. It's something she will help you with that," said sixth grader Tressie Stephens.

Principal Pam Hibbs says Harris is a big part of what makes the school work.

"She cares about each and every one of these kids and it makes a huge difference in everybody that comes to parks," Hibbs said.

Helping kids eat better and be better students is why Kristi Harris is showing Oklahoma what's right with our schools.

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