Several students from the Moore Norman Technology Center also get to meet firefighters and police officers when they help serve food and drinks at the chili supper.
“We’ve done this with fire and police since Day 1,” said Zena Amer, MNTC career exploration instructor. “The kids learn a lot, they get to meet firefighters and police officers. It’s a marriage that’s actually working for us.”
Amer said volunteering their time is one way to help the community that supports them. It is about doing the right thing and giving back to the community, she said.
Ten to 12 students volunteered at the supper Thursday night.
In the 38 years the police and fire departments have hosted the chili supper, the worst thing to happen was running out of chili; it’s happened twice, Roberts said. He also remembers when there was so much rain one year that the roads were flooding and they didn’t think many people would show.
“We sold every drop of chili we had that night,” Roberts said.
“Even the floods and rain didn’t keep them away,” Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said.
As a line formed behind the cafeteria doors at Norman High School just before the supper started, it wouldn’t be surprising if Thursday was another night every last drop of chili was sold.
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