“Family matters,” says Kettering fourth grader who biked through rain to pick up lunch for siblings

KETTERING — “It was raining and it was cold.”

That statement, from Stacie Pabst, Food and Nutrition Specialist for Kettering City Schools, would probably be echoed by just about anyone who stepped outside Thursday in the Miami Valley.

But that rainy day proved memorable for Pabst.

It started when she pulled up to Fairmont High School, doing a routine check-in on the drive thru, curbside lunch and breakfast hand out the district has been operating in the parking lot there as a way to keep good food flowing to families even as the district continues to learn remotely.

Something caught Pabst’s attention.

“I saw this young man waiting in the car line with his bicycle, waiting like everybody else, like a drive thru,” Pabst said.

That child was Kettering fourth grader Mason Hoskins, who, it turned out, had hopped on his bike to ride over and pick up lunch for him and his siblings.

Pabst quickly escorted Hopkins to the front of the line, got him the food and sent him on his way. She snapped a photo of him, bags on the handlebars, biking through the rain.

Kettering City Schools posted about what Hoskins did for his family on Facebook with a quote from Pabst, who said, “This is why I do what I do!”

"This is why I do what I do!" -- Stacie Pabst, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services This brave guy rode his bike,...

Posted by Kettering City Schools on Thursday, October 29, 2020

“There were tears in my eyes because this young man was helping his family out,” Pabst later told News Center 7′s Sean Cudahy.

As for Hoskins, his family explained, car trouble was part of the problem Thursday that led to his bike ride down the street to pick up lunch.

Plus, he said, “I was just trying to help out my family.”

Asked why that’s important to him, he said, “Because family matters.”