BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A little kindness in the midst of a crisis goes a long way – and so does providing a free lunch to those working hard to support the students.
Local Somerset County man Pedro Nilla Tapia, the executive chef at Redstone American Grill, was picking up a Chromebook for his child at Bridgewater-Raritan High School Wednesday, when he noticed employees working hard to get the computers to students in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
To help them out, Tapia decided to surprise them by returning to the school with free lunch for the staff.
Among those who were gifted the lunch were employees Ted Young, Ed Schmicker, Dan Schulte, Al Sibilia and Aaron Leonovich.
The district has had limited staff since Monday, but the IT department has been in the school from Friday through this week to hand out Chromebooks and offer any tech support needed by parents and students to make remote education possible.
"They and many others are in part responsible for Bridgewater-Raritan students having the ability to do school remotely because of their tireless efforts over the past few days," Stephanie Schulte, Dan Schulte's daughter, said. "I (talk about this) to highlight the positive during a dark time, to demonstrate all the small-town heroes on the front lines being the good they wish to see in the world. If we all look out for each other like this, we will get through this scary time in history."