Dole donated bananas to a Virginia elementary school after hearing about a cafeteria manager who writes inspiring messages on the fruit for students. ( Courtesy Dole Food Co. )

A Virginia Beach, Va., elementary school cafeteria manager has received attention for writing inspirational messages to students on bananas.

Thanks to a Dole Food Co. donation, every student at Kingston Elementary School received one of the bananas on Nov. 2.

Cafeteria manager Stacey Truman and cafeteria staff wrote uplifting messages on the bananas, which they have dubbed “talking bananas,” after Truman began the practice.

Dole gave the school 550 pounds of bananas, and students also received a Dole cookbook with healthful recipes, during the “Banana Empowerment Lunch.”