When I think back to my middle & high school years, as someone who was never the popular kid, lunch time was one of the most difficult parts of the day. I still remember that sinking feeling of walking into the cafeteria and scanning the room for someone I knew who'd want to sit with me. I had three really close friends, and shared a lunch period with only one of them, Cassidy. So if Cassidy was ever absent, it meant I'd be eating alone...and on more than one occasion, I'd opt to go sit in the bathroom or the library during lunch if she wasn't there. I remember making an attempt to go sit with a group of girls - who proceeded to roll their eyes and get up and move to a different table when I sat down. Sitting alone in the school cafeteria - and the sting of rejection when no one wants to sit with you - is to this day, one of the most awkward, uncomfortable feelings.
So, when I came across this story of a group of students on a mission to make sure that no one eats alone, it brought tears to my eyes.