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As food changes, serving smile stays same

The type of food served in Scottsburg Elementary School over the past three decades may have changed, but the smile behind one of the dedicated cafeteria workers serving the food has not.

Marion Satterfield has been working at Scottsburg Elementary School for almost 38 years as a cafeteria worker serving breakfast and lunch to students.

“I like it all. I just think so much of the kids, and some of them are just so sweet,” said Satterfield.

Satterfield begins her day at 7 a.m. preparing breakfast alongside the rest of the cafeteria staff. Although she mainly prepares bread and vegetables, she helps out with serving and clean up in the afternoon too.

Cafeteria staff serve breakfast roughly from 8 to 9 a.m., and lunch begins at 10:50 a.m. and ends around 12:30 p.m.

“I like most of it too,” said Satterfield of the food she cooks and serves the little ones.

 Over the years she has seen several changes in the food the schools serves. Compared to years past, schools now offer more fruits, veggies and grains, said Satterfield.

However, the kids’ favorite still proves to be pizza.

“They don’t like anything green, that’s for sure,” she added.

Prior to coming to work with the school system, Satterfield worked with Craddock and Terry, Wabash, Tultex and raised two kids.

“I like to stay busy,” she added.

Some of her most memorable experiences include when the children tell her they like to see her smile.

“I love the children, and I try to be good to them. We try to feed the children good, and we work hard,” she added.

Satterfield is a widow who resides in the Scottsburg area. She has two grown children, Lori Nichols and Valerie Hogan. Hogan lives in Colorado with Satterfield’s three grandchildren.

“I wouldn’t change anything over the last 37 years,” Satterfield concluded.

Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series The Gazette-Virginian is publishing this year spotlighting unsung heroes in the education arena.