Lunch Bunch to honor the students of Black Columbus City School

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A group of ladies calling themselves the Lunch Bunch are doing their part to honor African-American college students.

Since 1987, the 30-member Lunch Bunch — many of whom are retired teachers — has awarded scholarships to students at Black Columbus City School and celebrated their accomplishments, according to Lunch Bunch president Shirley Cannon.

“A lot of times the attention they get is very negative, so being able to give them positive attention is a blessing for them,” Cannon said.

The Lunch Bunch will honor senior black graduates with at least a 3.0 GPA on Sunday, including Maurice Harrison, who plans to study biomedical engineering in the fall.

Harrison, 18, spoke with NBC4 in 2021 while participating in a teen panel on violence. When it comes to conflict, Harrison said people don’t know how to listen.

“When someone explains something to them or shares something, they’re just waiting their turn to respond and I feel like that’s a really big deal,” Harrison said.

At the next Lunch Bunch ceremony, the group will award six $3,000 scholarships. Cannon said that over the past two years, the group has been able to do more for students in Columbus City schools than ever before.

“I can’t think enough to say about the Lunch Bunch,” said Bessie Sherrod-Price, member and historian of the Lunch Bunch. “It makes me want to cry sometimes because once we get through and do what we do in our school systems, you’re looking for something else that you can give back.”

Although the pandemic disrupted part of Lunch Bunch’s routine, Catherine Willis, co-founder of Lunch Bunch, said Zoom helped them get back together.

“It increased our camaraderie and camaraderie and we were teaching this whole village concept that we were teaching each other,” said Catherine Willis, co-founder of Lunch Bunch. “I think it’s part of our culture, it’s where we come from, we come to understand and to be trained and to know that we have to help each other.”

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