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Texas Roadhouse feeds students, families at Adams Elementary

Texas Roadhouse is continuing its bid to distribute free pulled pork to-go meals during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Friday made a stop at Staff Sgt. Lucian Adams Elementary School.

Third grade teacher Skylar Slaughter, left, and fifth grade math teacher Layna Phillips greet students and families.

It was hard to tell who was happier — the workers with Texas Roadhouse or the teachers and staff at the school.

Cheryl Tripplett, principal at Adams Elementary, threw her hands in the air and waved with excitement while greeting the parents and students as the vehicles came through the front area of the campus.

“This means so much to me,” Tripplett said. “Not only are we feeding our babies, but I get to see our babies, check on them and tell them how much I miss them.”

Teachers lined up to help with food distribution or hold up signs to greet the children and families.

Cheryl Tripplett, principal at Staff Sgt. Lucian Adams Elementary School, greets student Bayleigh Simmons (back seat).

Third-grade teacher Skylar Slaughter said she misses her students so much and enjoys the chance to see them.

“This is heartfelt. I don’t know the words,” Slaughter said, adding it means a lot to see students in person and let them know she misses them.

Fifth-grade math teacher Layna Phillips said by lining up and greeting the kids, it allows them to know she’s still there and cares.

Mike Griffin, managing partner with Texas Roadhouse, said the company pushes community involvement and Friday’s meal distribution was one of a number of events they have done to help the community.

Brian Mitchell with Texas Roadhouse dishes out pulled pork for meals.

On Thursday the restaurant donated 800 meals to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas for healthcare workers. On Friday, Texas Roadhouse brought enough for 1,200 meals at Adams Elementary.

The restaurant was also instrumental in providing meals in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The eatery’s part is two-fold; giving out the free meals and allowing their employees to clock in some hours while they are not busy.

Griffin also wanted to say thank you to Brothers Produce out of Houston that donated the fruit.