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Let’s Have Lunch

By Alisha Thompson

Davis Alumn and Chickasaw Leadership Academy student, Jordyn Romine, has spearheaded a project called “Let’s Have Lunch.” The premise? Bringing communities together and high hopes to present Davis Public Schools a check to help pay off past due lunch bills.
Romine said that the Chickasaw Leadership Academy is program within the Chickasaw Nation that employees can apply for an interview to be a part of. This year, Romine’s next step to moving on in this academy is his public service project.
“I presented this idea Dec. 1,” Romine explained. “My first thought in starting this project came with thinking about my mom (a social worker) and single parent and how she paid our lunch bills. She did it all on a limited income and could’ve used assistance.” Secondly he said that he wanted to create a unique program and knew that school lunch bills have been taken care of by random people and organizations in the past. But, not a campaign.
Romine, who works in the Marketing Department for the Chickasaw Nation began working on a kid friendly, simply logo for the project and his idea got a name – Let’s Have Lunch.
The campaign is donation driven. With the suggestion of starting off with $5. He looked at his friends list on Facebook and daydreamed a little bit, if all 3,900 friends gave $5, the project would have $19,500,
He began the project on Jan. 26 with a goal of $5000 and raised $4945 the first weekend. Reaching higher, his new goal is $7,500 and the project has currently raised $6,890. Everyone who has given will be entered for a chance to win a Pendleton blanket as a thank you from Romine.
Romine hopes to present a $2,500 check to Latta and Dale Public Schools Friday during their basketball games. He hopes to present the same amount to Davis Public Schools, Friday, Feb. 16 at the girls game. Governor Bill Anoatubby will be in attendance at one game.
Romine’s answer to who he’d like to have lunch with is Gov. Anoatubby and having him attend a presentation is meaningful to Romine.
“He would be my answer. Just because I admire how he carries himself and what he’s built with the tribe,” Romine said. Winstar was three trailer casinos, if that tells you anything.” Romine continued saying it’s the Chickasaw Nation’s desire to serve all communities and he hopes this project is an example of that.
Romine has a huge heart and this project has been medicine to his soul. “I am a person who thrives on social interaction other people’s engergy,” he said. “I have come to the realization that I will probably care and love people more than they will ever love me back, but I’ve accepted it. It’s just the way I am. This project made me realize this is one of my purposes.”
Today is the last day to donate to project. Romine’s Venmo is @Jordyn-Romine and his CashApp is: $Jordyn Romine. Anyone who would like to donate to this project can drop off monetary donations to The Davis News at 400 E. Main Street until 4 p.m. today. Our office will Venmo all funds raised to Romine.

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