[caption id="attachment_12417" align="alignleft" width="400"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/05\/DSC_0225.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/05\/DSC_0225.jpg" alt="Green Bank Elementary-Middle School volunteers were treated last week to a brunch prepared by Pocahontas County High School ProStart students. From right:\u2008Brittney Sharp, ProStart teacher Teresa Mullen, Courtney Cohenour and Tara Warner prepare brunch staples including custom omelets and Bananas Foster. S. Stewart photo" width="400" height="479" class="size-full wp-image-12417" \/><\/a> Green Bank Elementary-Middle School volunteers were treated last week to a brunch prepared by Pocahontas County High School ProStart students. From right:\u2008Brittney Sharp, ProStart teacher Teresa Mullen, Courtney Cohenour and Tara Warner prepare brunch staples including custom omelets and Bananas Foster. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s not uncommon to walk into Green Bank Elementary-Middle School and see several community members working with students and staff. The community is invested in the school and gives its time and effort to make the school a better place for students.\r\n\r\nLast week, the school turned the tables and thanked members of the community for volunteering at the school.\r\n\r\nFamily involvement coordinator Lucy Rittenhouse\u00a0\u2013 who organized the event \u2013 said the school wanted to show its gratitude by hosting a brunch.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis brunch is the only way we knew to say \u2018thank you\u2019 to the people who do extra work here at school,\u201d Rittenhouse said. \u201cI was trying to find something really inspiring to say about volunteers this morning and one of the quotes I read which kind of made me laugh was \u2018you take volunteers out of the community, then you\u2019ll know what they actually do.\u2019 We\u2019ll miss them then because volunteer people keep the community going.\u201d\r\n\r\nRittenhouse said what sets Green Bank school apart is that the community is so involved and people see it as their school \u2013\u00a0even those who have no children or grandchildren attending school there.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe people who have the integrity to be interested in our community, we recognize those of you who have helped in any way at the Green Bank school,\u201d she said. \u201cWe just really appreciate that. We talk about the doors now being locked, and there\u2019s such a mentality of it\u2019s \u2018us\u2019 and it\u2019s them.\u2019 \u2018You people down at the school,\u2019 but what we want to develop is \u2018we\u2019 as the Green Bank community working together.\u201d\r\n\r\nPrincipal Ricky Sharp echoed Rittenhouse\u2019s sentiment, thanking the volunteers for giving back to the school \u2013\u00a0it may seem like a small thing but it makes a big impact.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m a firm believer in the old philosophy that it takes an entire village to raise a child,\u201d Sharp said. \u201cWe here at Green Bank are in the business of raising children and we could not do it without your help and support. I appreciate everything you\u2019ve done throughout the year.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019d also like to recognize Ms. Lucy,\u201d he added. \u201cShe said she couldn\u2019t do this without my support, but the reality is, I could not do this without her.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe volunteers were treated to a brunch buffet which included Caesar salad, custom omelets, Bananas Foster, baked macaroni and cheese, fried potatoes, Eggs Benedict, cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit.\r\n\r\nThe brunch was prepared by Pocahontas County High School ProStart students Tara Warner, Courtney Cohenour, Chase Erlewine, Brittney Sharp, Megan Galford, Lylia Cottle and Gabby Cochran, and ProStart teacher Teresa Mullen.