“We’ve got a lot of bright kids,” Jim LeBrun said. The superintendent surveyed the two approaching busloads of Thomson-McDuffie Middle School’s top scholars.
“We opened up to serve breakfast for them,” said Nikki Wheeler, the manager of Ryan’s Family Steak House at 2217 Harrison Road in Thomson. “It’s the straight-A students.”
In all, 90 students were eligible for the Friday-morning outing.
Students from grades six, seven and eight helped themselves to food from buffet tables and gathered in a corner banquet room to enjoy their breakfast.
Principal Neal Tam said students qualified for the breakfast by earning As in all seven subjects for the first semester. Their grades needed to average A, although one high B was allowed.
More than 80 of the eligible students returned permission slips allowing them to make the trip Friday.
Wheeler, of Ryan’s, said this was the first time the restaurant opened especially for a school group. She said similar arrangements were made once for a college group.
Assistant Principals Angie Roberts and Trevor Roberson, and teachers Aaron Hall and Laura Osborne also accompanied and directed the students.