850 seats to fill at Yukon back-to-school breakfast

Sponsors to decorate tables, provide gifts at Aug. 8th ‘Welcome Back’ celebration

Some 850 Yukon Public Schools’ employees are expected to attend the district’s annual back-to-school breakfast next Monday, Aug. 8 inside the Yukon High School Gym, 1777 S Yukon Parkway. (File photo)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Yukon business and civic leaders will welcome Yukon Public Schools’ employees back with a hearty morning meal – and some gifts.

A highlight of Yukon’s back-to-school week will be “The Breakfast” set 8 a.m. next Monday, Aug. 8 inside the Yukon High School Gym, 1777 S Yukon Parkway. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

All YPS employees – from bus drivers to playground aides to teachers – are strongly encouraged to attend the “welcome back” appreciation breakfast.

Community sponsors will decorate tables where the Yukon school personnel will sit.

“We’re setting up for about 850,” YPS Community Engagement Director D’Lynne McDaniel said. “The breakfast is for the entire staff.”

Attendees will be treated to a brown-bag breakfast featuring muffins, granola bars, packs of gum, and candy.

Sponsor support this year has been “amazing,” McDaniel noted.

“The response has been great. Even a lot of brand-new businesses to Yukon have jumped on board.”

Many companies that don’t have enough employees to volunteer at Monday’s YPS breakfast have provided door prizes and monetary gifts to support the big event.

Sponsors are asked to provide “swag” gifts for the school personnel who sit at their tables.

Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt (standing at right) greets Yukon school district employees seated at a table sponsored by the Yukon Fire Department. (File photo)
Independence Intermediate Principal Amy Young welcomes school district staff at a previous year’s back-to-school breakfast. Standing behind Young is Myers Elementary Principal Ron Brummett. (File photo)


Around 2000, then-YPS Community Education Director Pam Shelton brought the idea of a community-sponsored back-to-school breakfast to Yukon. A former teacher, Shelton is CEO of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce.

When this breakfast debuted (at what was then Lakeview Middle School), sponsors brought the hot food from the kitchen to serve YPS employees seated at the tables.

In those early years, district personnel would arrive by bus from their schools.

Today, the food and gifts are waiting at the tables for the YPS staff to arrive. As a bonus, door prizes are given out during the event.

There is ample parking on the spacious YHS campus for everyone who attends.

Anyone interested in supporting The Breakfast should call the YPS Community Engagement office at (405) 354-2587.

Yukon Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth (left) and Surrey Hills Elementary Principal Bill Pierce prepare for a new school year during “The Breakfast” inside the Yukon High School Gym. (File photo)