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The “candy room” scene from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is displayed in the Russell Primary School cafeteria.

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A papier-mâché Oompa Loompa has a prominent spot in the cafeteria.

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Russell Primary School cafeteria staff dress as Oompa Loompas.


RUSSELL Russell Primary School students took a visit to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory during lunchtime Monday.

Cafeteria staff dressed as Oompa Loompas — green hair and all — as they served the students their meals in the deckedout room while music from the classic film played. Large pieces of candy hung from the ceiling while a papier-mâché Oompa Loompa acted as the focal point of it all.

Several scenes from the books and films were also portrayed including the “candy room” featuring the chocolate fountain and the “television room” where a candy bar was transported through WonkaVision.

All decorations were courtesy of cafeteria staffers, who chose to implement a Harry Potter theme last year.

“Everything is handmade,” said cafeteria manager Angie Morrison, noting the group began crafting at the start of the school year.

Morrison explained the cafeteria workers are all avid readers, saying she hoped the decorations would spark an interest in the students to explore books.

“That’s what we definitely hope — all of this encourages them to read more,” she said.

Preschool teacher Alisha Ortiz said she believes if the students are aware there is a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” book, they will either want to read it on their own or have someone read it to them.

“It’s amazing. They went above and beyond, and they always do,” she said about the cafeteria staff.

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