February 21, 2014
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Inverness (Ala.) Elementary School teachers were treated to a free breakfast, courtesy of their local Winn-Dixie store. Students and teachers were stranded at the school overnight Jan. 29 due to a severe snow and ice storm.​

Winter storm Leon left many parts of the southeastern United States paralyzed when it delivered a swath of snow and ice on Jan. 29. The harsh conditions not only left drivers gridlocked on highways and surface streets, but left many people stranded.

Some of those stranded were the kindergarten through third grade students at Inverness Elementary School. With buses and cars unable to reach the school, many students and teachers were forced to spend the night in their classrooms.

To show appreciation to the teachers and staff who stepped up to stay through the night, Winn-Dixie store No. 445 teamed up with the Inverness PTO to provide a special “thank you” breakfast. The store offered orange juice, pastries, bagels, fresh fruit and other breakfast items to more than 40 teachers and school staff.

“As a father of two, I know that a parent’s biggest concern is ensuring the safety of their children,” said store no. 445 director Eugene Okorley. “I’m sure I can speak for all of those parents when I say it’s nice to know there are such loving and caring individuals in our local school system that will step up and take care of their students in times of need.”

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