Like the rest of the community, Bates Technical College students want to honor the lives of the fallen Lakewood police officers and show support for their families. Tuesday’s memorial service will give culinary arts and truck driving students an opportunity to help.
To share in the preparation for the Dec. 8 memorial service, Bates culinary arts students have volunteered to prepare and serve a light breakfast for more than 600 memorial service volunteers before the event. After the service, they will serve hors d’oeuvres to 400 attendees at a reception for Lakewood Police Department families. Bates truck driving students have volunteered to transport the food Tuesday morning to the Tacoma Dome. The Lakewood Rotary, organizers of the memorial service, asked Bates students to participate.
“We are honored and humbled that Bates students and faculty have this opportunity to extend a helping hand as our community heals from this tragedy,” said Vickie Lackman, acting president of Bates. “This effort gives our students an opportunity to contribute in a small way to the healing process,” she said.
With the help of the Lakewood Rotary, Costco provided the college with a $2,500 donation of food for the breakfast. Roger Knapp, Bates’ culinary arts instructor, who will supervise the student volunteers, also secured food donations from Sysco, U.S. Foodservice and Food Services of America for the reception.