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Servitium is serving up red beans

Nov. 12, the day after Veterans Day, will be a day of red beans, rice and sausage at Lipsey School.

Anyone can purchase the carry-out dinner at Lipsey from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The Red Beans, Rice and Sausage sale is one of two fundraisers the Servitium Club in Brookhaven holds to raise money for children.

“We raise money for children’s services around our area,” Servitium Club President Brian Emory said. “We give away all the money that we make.”

The Servitium Club broke away from the national Kiwanis club in 2013 as a way to allow the club to keep the money from their fundraisers in Lincoln County. The club — whose name means “Service to All” in Latin — gives all of their money to local children’s charities and scholarships to Mississippi Scholars. It’s a big club, with around 70 members.

The red beans charity has its roots in the 1990s, when the Servitium Club was still known as Kiwanis. The principal of Lipsey at the time, Rita Rich, was the first woman locally to join the club. Since then, the Lipsey cafeteria — currently led by Child Nutrition Director Tonya McSweyn — has worked to provide the meals for the fundraiser.

“In the midst of getting ready to make a Thanksgiving meal for all their students, they make a ton of red beans and rice and sausage,” Emory said. “And they’ve done that for years.”

After Lipsey prepares the meal, Servitium volunteers will package it up and hand it off at the door. Members of the club have been selling tickets for the meal, but tickets can also be purchased at the door for $6.