Predominantly, constructing a cafeteria will improve the Smyrna campus as a whole. Many students and staff have a full day of classes and having a full schedule does not permit enough time to go off campus for lunch. In addition, there are some students that get dropped off by their family, friends or public transportation and not able to leave during the day. That means some students are bound to stay on campus and limited to the junk food in the vending machines. Poor weather could also limit the students from going out and the cafeteria could be utilized in times like this.
Off-campus lunch provides money for our community, the students mature and learn to become responsible adults, not to mention they get a nice break from their learning environment. According to the Berkshire Eagle “Open-campus lunch leads to students putting money back into the economy. Local establishments like Teddy’s restaurant would likely be out of business if not for the hundreds of students that pass through their doors every week at lunch.” When students eat at local establishments and fast food chains they are actually helping out their community. Students go out to eat all the time. When they bring their friends to an establishment they help their community grow.
From an internet source of a particular survey stated that, “I would agree that in most cases eating should not be allowed in the classroom. It is a distraction to the teaching and learning process and as someone else mentioned usually results in a mess in the classroom. I do believe that students should be allowed to bring water bottles into the classroom though.” (lrwilliams College Teacher (Level 1) Educator) And another pointed, “I am opposed to students eating in class. It is a distraction not only for the student who is eating but for others in the class who can't help but notice it. I insist that my students remain 100% engaged in the lesson for the brief time they are with me; if they are 100% engaged, then they don't have time for anything else.
Sarah Wu, who is a mother and an elementary school teacher decided on January 4, 2010 to eat the school lunch every day. She decided to blog about each day she ate the school lunches. Sarah Wu had experienced her students constantly complaining about the school lunches as well as hearing it from her own children. Sarah decided to conduct an experiment of her own to observe what would happen to her if she were to consume the lunch provided to the students for a certain period of time. Her results lead her to the conclusion that the school lunches should not be fed to the growing children.
It was a rainy day. Unlike the previous observation, I did not get the fun ride with my professor. I had to catch the Uber and I could arrive at school by 8. I walked into the classroom and I could meet Ms. B’s class students, Ms. B and two of teachers aids. All students were eating something in class for their breakfast including two of teacher assistants.
It was the first day of 6th grade so no one was used to such a long wait to eat. By the end of Basics class with Mrs. Pulse, an awesome teacher, we all got to eat lunch. We were pointed toward the table we were supposed to be seated at. Before we were able to get our lunch, Principal Broughton told us about a new recycle program that the school had enforced. It made sure that each student dispose of their garbage in a way that gives back to the environment.
Imagine you are eating lunch, while you are taking a bite into your sandwich your principal comes outside and tells you that lunch is over. You then go for the rest of the day hungry and unenergized. That is what our schools lunch times are like. What are the benefits of having a longer lunch time? Having a longer lunch time allows us to be full of energy for the rest of the day, have time to talk to our friends, and last but not least we need it gives us time to process what we have learned.
All of the children that live in America are entitled to a free public education. A lunch is provided that costs a reduced fee for those who attend a public school. Everyday thousands of kids go to school and mindlessly eat this lunch. A lunch that is filled with frozen, processed foods that all share the same unpronounceable chemicals in their ingredient list. I personally believe that if schools started to add more natural, fresh, whole foods into their lunches it would be helpful to our societies growing obesity epidemic.
While sitting in their rancid cafeteria, many student have pondered about what goes into school lunches. Not just from interests and curiosity, but from the fact that many of their fellow peers are experiencing diarrhea, stomach pains, and vomit. Are school lunches really worth it? After some surveying within Cooper Middle School, less than half of the students have experienced food borne illnesses due to school lunches. Out of all those students, half have experienced diarrhea.
They came in fun patterned lunch boxes that were personal to the kid. Those kids who brought home lunches did not have as many healthy options as those students who ate school lunch. I saw a lot of chips, cookies, and fruit flavored drinks. I saw fruit filled with syrup, and very very few vegetables packed. Those who ate school lunch who try to bargain for the home lunches snacks and treats.
Have your parents ever asked you what you had for lunch? Have they told you that the one thing they miss was school lunch? My parents have and the reason why they missed it was being use they had homemade meals. I wish Bellmont high school would spend a little more time and money on our school lunches. At school, I expect a good lunch everyday day and something that will make me full too.
If this is going to be done “it could be done for about $5 per child” according to “No lunch left behind” by Alice Walters and Katrina Heron. Which isn’t that much considering lunch and breakfast is $3 if you don’t have reduced or free lunch. We could even have parents donate planting seeds for fruits and vegetables for student lunches and breakfast. Those are a few of my ideas on how to improve students eating habits at school. It wont be easy to make a change but it will make students physically healthier.