Soon comes the smell of batter, butter and syrup.
Saturday is pancake day at Swampscott High where track athetes will don chef hats and server shoes.
Boys and girls from the Big Blue teams will flip flapjacks and run plates to diners from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast cost $5.
The money — the event usually raises about $2,000 — helps pay for team equipment and an end-of-season banquet.
The menu is typically juice, fruit, pancakes and coffee. And pleasure.
Tables get turned for this event with kids serving adults their morning meal.
"We normally serve 300-400 guests, which amounts to almost 1000 pancakes," said track booster Kerin Walsh.
The track team has been hosting the annual breakfast for at least the last seven or eight years, maybe longer, she said.
Track coach Joe Tenney and Kerin both enjoy seeing the teammates work together in the kitchen and dining room at this community breakfast.