Proud alum of Mill Creek elementary! (From waaaaay back in the day!)
It's an improvement, but the fruits and vegetables should be ORGANIC.
When I was serving my administrative internship in the 1990's in an elementary
school and junior high in Granite District, I was shocked at the quality of
their school lunches. The food was trucked in from the central cooking site,
then warmed up and served. It was mostly pizza and other such typical fare and
was hardly fit to eat, I felt. I am so thrilled to read about the changes being
made, and especially that a fresh salad bar is offered every day. Kudos to
Granite and other local districts for supporting families in eating more healthy
diets. Thank you, Deseret News, for the article, and helping spread the good
news. Now, we need to keep pushing for more physical actitivites, such as
walking safely to school when possible, and the other guidelines promoted in the
state-wide Gold Medal School project.
Does every education article have to become a free advertisement for what
Carolyn Sharette is doing at her "wonderful" charter school? Perhaps
the Deseret News should start charging her advertising fees?
Our school addressed the healthy eating challenge by contracting with Jason's
Deli to deliver our school lunch. Pizza and hot dogs are not on our menu (nor
are any hot foods). Each day, Jason's brings in cold lunches for our students
and they all reflect the high nutritional standard we want for our students -
whole grain breads, fresh fruits and vegetables every day, no chips, brownies or
other unhealthy foods. Desserts include their delicious cookies (with
cranberries, nuts and other healthy ingredients) and puddings. At
first there were questions about why no hot foods from students and parents.
But students quickly adjusted and are eating healthy, delicious lunches every
day.Not having unhealthy food available is a key in our program. If
students are hungry, they eat the chicken pasta salad, or the turkey wrap, or
the taco salad (we have one choice each day). This has forced our students to
try things, eat them multiple times (a key in developing a taste for a new food)
and now they have a wide range of foods they enjoy eating that are healthy for
Fantastic. I love what Granite District is doing. It is harder to get your kids
to eat healthy foods (such as whole wheat breads) at home when they become
accustomed to the less healthy foods at school.
Yet another example of schools being forced to make up where families are
falling down. Nutrition at school IS important but it seems that it's going to
extremes. Too bad for schools that they have to since parents are not watching
diets at breakfast and dinner. Shame on us.