FRANKLIN, Tenn. - She is the one who prepares your child's food and serves it to your student. Now, the Lunch Lady is teaching them how to eat better too.
Leaders at Williamson County Schools needed a mascot for healthy habits, and Libby Poteete, or "Libby the Lunch Lady", graciously accepted that role.
Now, she appears in several videos that are shown to students and parents.
Poteete is actually a district cafeteria supervisor, and she's in charge of feeding 18,000 kids. She said the old days of pizza and fried chicken are long gone, replaced by fresh apples, plums, oranges, salads and baked foods.
"I try to put a positive message out there by simply saying 'hey, try this. if you don't think you like it at least try a different vegetable,'" Poteete said.
Mary Runnion is a Kindergarten teacher at Oak View Elementary School. She said students are already getting the message.
"Kids will raise their hand and say 'yeah, I like broccoli' or 'I like corn' and I used to not get that at all," Runnion said.
So far the school district has six different videos produced. The topics include how to behave in the lunchroom, how to sign up for free and reduced lunches, and of course-how to make healthy choices.