More than 350 officers, deputies and firemen received free meals as a part of Unity Christian School’s One For You appreciation event for local law enforcement and safety workers. The meals were provided Tuesday as a full day event in partnership with 8 local restaurants.


The morning began with Unity staff and students serving coffee and Sweet Bar donuts to more than 100 in front of the school. Members of the Rome City Police, Floyd County Police, Floyd Sheriff Department, Rome/Floyd Fire Department, and Department of Community Supervision, filled the parking lot for fellowship with students and free breakfast.


Younger students waved thank you signs as firetrucks and patrol cars rolled into the parking lot. Older students and staff served breakfast. Throughout the morning, students from all grades had the opportunity to say thank you and spend time interacting with their special guests. In return, many students were treated to tours and photo opportunities with the varied law enforcement and safety vehicles parked on campus.


“They were awe inspired from our 3 year olds to our 18 year olds,” said elementary principal, Rebekah Mathis. “Seeing the officers and interacting with them made the event very personal. They were excited to get to talk to the officers, spend time with them, and ask them questions. I believe they enjoyed being able to serve those they see serving them.”


“We try to teach our children to be servant-hearted and to give back to their community. This was a great way for us to give back to people in our community that serve us selflessly every day, twenty four hours a day. It was good for our students to meet and interact with adults living out what we are trying to teach them.”


Throughout the day, the officers and firemen were able to visit restaurant partners, Bella Roma, Chick-fil-A, Doug’s Deli, Duffy’s Deli, Fuddruckers, La Parilla, and Shane’s Rib Shack for a free appreciation meal sponsored by the school. Together, the restaurants served more than 280 sit down meals.


“This was also important for our faculty and staff,” said Mathis. We know that they are out there protecting us on a daily basis, but we are not usually in a position to interact with them other than in emergency situations. We appreciate them greatly, and this gave us a chance to say so.”


Unity Christian also partnered with sweetFrog frozen yogurt to offer dessert to complete a full day of free meals. “You can’t have dinner without dessert,” said advancement director, Courtney Cash. “We wanted this one day to be very special. This shows the huge heart of this great community. We are so thankful for the business partners and donors who helped make this day possible all the way from breakfast to dessert.”