High School Students Pay Tribute to Their Beloved 'Lunch Lady' With a New Car

High school students wanted to surprise the food service worker who really is so much more than a "lunch lady."

From a spot to socialize to a place to decompress between classes, the school cafeteria is a hub of so many different activities for high school kids. And the food service workers who keep it firing on all cylinders deserve a round of applause. This week, a "lunch lady" from San Diego was lovingly recognized for her efforts.

Debra Davis, aka "Aunt Debbie" to the students of Hoover High School, was surprised with a car that was refurbished by students in the school’s auto body technician program. It's a shiny white Mazda, which was presented to her with a bright red bow.

Up until being gifted the Mazda, Davis had driven a 1976 Chevy Malibu to and from the high school for years. What's more, she would take it across San Diego County to serve meals to homeless people and to volunteer at nursing homes. Amazing!

"I feed the kids, I prepare the food, I talk to them, I stop them from fighting," Davis told ABC affiliate KTRE. "They don't cuss. They have to respect, and they call me 'Aunt Debbie.'"

Hoover Principal James Babineau shared that "Debbie comes to campus every single day with a smile on her face, ready to take on the day and serve our students. So, to see this gift that so many people have been a part of in making it happen is a wonderful thing." 

Given that Davis is such a generous, compassionate woman, it's no wonder that the high school students banded together with charities Recycled Rides and Kids for Peace, as well as State Farm, to give the new vehicle.

Upon receiving the car, Davis expressed her gratitude by saying, "Thank you all so much, thank you all so much. I'm looking for my reward in heaven and you all gave me a little bit here on earth." Sounds like that reward couldn't have been given to a more deserving "lunch lady!"

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