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By Michael Jordan
The steady stream of customers who walked into Pannie-George’s Kitchen in Montgomery for a late lunch were all greeted with a friendly smile and an immediate offer to help. Noticeable was the youthfulness of those working. There’s a 17-year-old prepping food, a 16-year-old washing tables and sweeping, another 16-year-old frying chicken, and a college sophomore and high school junior running the front register. Adults are watching nearby and providing encouragement with only minor corrections.
COVID-19’s effect on businesses, especially restaurants, are well-known. Many restaurants have responded in unique and supportive ways to continue business but also help the community.
Pannie-George’s Kitchen, located in Auburn and Montgomery, experienced similar struggles but invited local students to help with their growing curbside and takeout business. The students became more of the mainstream inside the restaurants, gained experience and confidence, and learned valuable lessons in leadership and customer service. The Pannie-George’s Leadership Academy was born at the crossroads of need meeting opportunity.
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