"It is in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week," Principal Lisa Showalter said. "The students invite their teachers who have had an impact on them."
This is the sixth year for the event at Cumberland, and many of the teachers in attendance enjoyed the time spent with the students.
"It is awesome to visit with former students," Northview math teacher Deanne Leohr said. "It really makes you feel appreciated and remembered."
The lunch served as a remembrance to teachers as to why they look at jobs in the education field.
"This is amazing," North Clay Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Dava Boor said. "Because it reminds us why we went into teaching, to make a difference."
Boor was the guest of Kallie Pruitt, who is a junior at Cumberland and will be graduating early in December. Though Boor was her influential teacher, Pruitt still credits Cumberland with much of her success.
"I've had lots of support at this school," Pruitt said. "If it wasn't for the hands-on approach here then I would've dropped out."
The lunch also gave teachers the chance to catch up with students that they have not seen since moving on to other schools.
"I was so happy to be invited by Coagan (Stewart)," North Clay Middle School Guidance Counselor Jan Choate said. "This gave me the opportunity to see where she is and what she's doing."
Stewart, also a junior, will be graduating early, and credits her success to Cumberland as well.
"They helped me get my grades up," she said. "I'm on the honor roll and I'm going to graduate."
Learning of the students' success and plans for their future brought smiles to many of their faces.
"They are going to finish school and get their diploma," Choate said. "I'm very proud of them."