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Lunch Lady’s “Talking Bananas” Changes Her Student’s Lives

When we think of inspiring people, teachers, firefighters, doctors, and police officers come to mind. These individuals work hard every day to better the future and make a difference in the lives of others. Teachers, in particular, have a special role and are able to directly influence the minds of the next generation. But what about everyone else behind the scenes, such as principals, janitors, and lunch servers?

One elementary school lunch lady is being praised around the world after writing inspiring messages on fruit.




Stacey Truman, the cafeteria manager at Kingston Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, takes a few minutes out of her schedule to boost the morale of youngsters.

She writes brief, encouraging messages on bananas that are served at lunch to help motivate the young children.

Students now see the “talking bananas” as something like fortune cookies, and by the end of lunch, there’s barely any of the fruit left.

Messages as simple as “You’re smart,” “If at first you don’t succeed try again!,” and “Your future is bright” is winning the hearts of not only her students, but staff.

The schools principal, Sharon Shewbridge, noticed what was happening, and couldn’t be more pleased by the positive effects.

She posted a photo of the bananas on social media, where people around the world applauded the lunch lady’s efforts to make a difference in the lives of the students.


“[Truman’s] almost embarrassed about all the attention. She just wanted it to be anonymous. But I said this is so simple and amazing — and it has such an impact on kids,” Shewbridge told Yahoo Lifestyle.

Twitter users are loving the idea of “talking bananas.”

I love this so much.”

“Nice idea, thanks for sharing and noticing the good work your cafe managers does.”

“I will adopt this fun practice!”

Shewbridge hopes that Truman’s idea will inspire other schools:

“It’s simple, but these words can help them be more courageous and realize that they are good enough. I hope that other schools see it’s an easy way to get a kind message to kids.”

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