Schools across Knowsley have been enjoying free pizza parties as an end of term ‘thank you’ from the council’s education and school meals teams.
Knowsley’s Education Service has been unable to run its annual Education Awards this year, so the parties were offered to schools as a fun way of recognising the achievements of pupils, teachers and families during such a tough year.
Schools have been keen to get involved and almost 18,000 pupils across the borough have been receiving their own boxed takeaway pizzas, a Covid-secure approach which meant that everybody could join the fun.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “We wanted to recognise the fantastic achievement of our schools in continuing to provide high quality education to our children during such a challenging year. Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to hold our usual Education Awards to formally recognise this, so these parties have been a fun way of involving everyone and saying a big ‘thank you’ to students and teachers alike.”
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Our school meals teams work tirelessly to provide nutritious lunches to our pupils throughout the year and are among the unsung heroes of the pandemic. Before Covid hit our staff would prepare and serve around 12,000 meals a day, so preparing 18,000 pizzas was a big challenge to the kitchen teams. As always, they’ve risen to the challenge and the pizza parties have been an outstanding success.”