FOOD FUN FOR FATHERS: Earning their Father’s Day presents by working in the Alstonville High School canteen are principal David Silcock, Geoff Browning of Wollongbar and Ric Howard, Greg Fowler and Roo Mackerras, all of Alstonville.
FOOD FUN FOR FATHERS: Earning their Father’s Day presents by working in the Alstonville High School canteen are principal David Silcock, Geoff Browning of Wollongbar and Ric Howard, Greg Fowler and Roo Mackerras, all of Alstonville. Cathy Adams

Dads’ day in canteen

IT might be Father's Day tomorrow, but that doesn't mean the dads of the Northern Rivers shouldn't have to earn their gifts.

That was the theory behind the Mexican Day at Alstonville High School's canteen yesterday.

Only men were allowed in the kitchen to prepare the enchiladas, nachos and Mexican sausage rolls and then they finished by serving it up to the hungry kids.

Wollongbar dad Geoff Browning volunteers in the canteen every week. You could be forgiven for thinking he does it just to escape the hectic home life - he has eight children - but he loves helping out.

"I've had four kids go to Alstonville High and four go to Lismore High School," he said.

"So I think I should be up for a pretty good Father's Day. I know they're all taking me out for dinner, which will be really good."

Ric Howard and Greg Fowler get into the canteen once a month and got into the Mexican Day by donning the biggest hats they could.

"They've been cracking the whip today," Ric said.

"It's good fun, though."

School principal David Silcock was also dishing up enchiladas, so it seem he's earned the socks and ties that he'll get tomorrow.

He said the canteen promoted healthy food.

"We're giving the students healthy things to eat, but anything that distracts them from realising that it's healthy, like this Mexican Day, is a good thing," he said.

"We're really lucky to have dads who volunteer regularly in the canteen.

"This was just a way to celebrate that, to celebrate Father's Day and to have some fun."



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