For Randy Burleson and the folks at Aubrey’s restaurant treating teachers special is matter being a good corporate citizen.
“We try to take care of everybody,” Burleson said. “We’re giving back -- that’s all we’re trying to do -- especially when teachers are under strict budgets.”
On May 5, Burleson and his Aubrey’s crew fed teachers at Porter Elementary School and on May 7, they served teachers at Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning.
“In another week, we’ll be doing Foothills Elementary,” he said.
Maryville Aubrey’s general manager Jody Slimp said it has always been Burleson’s philosophy to help schools. “They are the center of our communities. People, especially in Blount County, take so much pride in their schools, and we like to be a part of that. We think teachers are important,” Slimp said.
Slimp said Burleson has always found it important to help schools. “Even when I first started working with him 10 years ago in West Knoxville, the Farragut High School football team would come and eat,” he said. “Now we carry that on with the Maryville, Alcoa, William Blount and Heritage teams.”
The general manager said some companies may not remember such gestures but Aubrey’s always strives to be community-oriented. “Maryville is our biggest restaurant,” he said. “People in Blount County have been so good to us. The way I look at it is that this is a way to give back by supporting schools and supporting teachers.”
Burleson said teachers are special because they make a difference in students’ lives. “Everybody has a favorite teacher somewhere out there in the world,” he said. “You have take care of them.”