LEWISTON — Martel Elementary School students shared a sandwich for lunch Friday that was so long it needed a series of tables to hold it.

Students ate a 40-foot-long sub, prepared by the school’s nutritional staff and served by Superintendent Bill Webster and Principal Steve Whitfield.

The school ordered eight five-foot rolls from Cisco, said Kim Austin, director of the School Department’s nutrition program. When the bread was delivered, it came in long, narrow boxes.

All morning the lunch workers assembled it in the hall of the school’s primary wing. As students looked on with anticipation, the lunch crew laid on lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, peppers and cheese. Some sections had turkey, others ham.

Big subs have become a tradition at Martel, Whitfield said. It started three or four years ago as a conversation between Whitfield and Martel’s food service manager, Carol Labonte. They read about another organization serving a big sub and thought it would be fun for the students. Labonte and others made it happen.

The special lunch is a way to beat the March doldrums and make school a bit more fun, Whitfield said. “It highlights the lunch program. The kids get a kick out of seeing the principal and the superintendent serve them.”

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