A group of students at Bishop Manogue High School partnered with an organization called DUDE. be nice to give their school cafeteria worker the surprise of her life. They arranged the special surprise for Lynn just to show their appreciation for all the effort she puts in her work to make sure the students are well fed and comfortable.
Before the D-day, Lynn says she noticed that the students had been posting DUDE. be nice flyers and stickers all over the school, but she didn’t know what they were for, in fact she had assumed they were for a project or that the school was getting ready to welcome a presenter of some sort. But to her surprise, they were preparing something special for her. All the signs and decorations were in preparation for a special event in her honor.
The DUDE. be nice Project is an undercover attempt to find people who are doing good in their community and deserve recognition for it. It was created to show that there are good people everywhere and to prove that good deeds do not go unnoticed. The students realized that they may not have been as appreciative toward Lynn as she deserved, and they knew this was a great opportunity to show their gratitude.
Lynn is originally from Tennessee but works at the high school in Reno, Nevada. The students decided that the best way to reward Lynn was to serve her a good meal and since they wanted to remind her of her home, they decided to make a traditional Tennessee-style barbecue meal. They served her ribs, cornbread, macaroni salad, and baked beans, which they knew was her favorite.
The students also found out that Lynn’s mother was sick in Tennessee. Lynn said during an interview that she tried to see her mom at least once every year and would like to go more, but the cost of the flights was too expensive. So the students took care of that too. They came together and got her a Southwest Airlines gift card, so she could fly home to see her mom.
So on the D-day, they brought in a special table and her served her meal. All the students involved wore their DUDE. be nice shirts. Each one of them also brought her a rose and had a chance to hug her and tell her how much they appreciate her.
Lynn was beyond thrilled! She was unable to hold back the tears when she received the airline gift-card, and was overwhelmed when the students began cheering, “We love Lynn!”
How sweet is that!