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Monday, January 25, 2010

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I just read through the 4 articles and it definitely was enlightening. But I'm not surprised. It's funny how "people" want to change things but don't understand all the complexity needed to fulfill a change. Saying that they want lunches made at the school sites is one thing. Re-equipping the kitchens is another thing. BUT actually training the employees on WHAT that means is the most essential bit -- that they happened to leave out in this whole change.

It seems a lot of that most basic knowledge is lost, too.

Our elementary school is reshaping its cafeteria program, with the lead parent initiators looking to a school just north of us as an example...

Students there have locally made main courses that include such items as Thai spring rolls, soup, fajitas, orzo with grilled vegetables, baked ziti, and teriyaki chicken. Organic salad is available every day -- they have a school vegetable garden. Check 'em out:
http://sites.google.com/site/trinidadfood/

I'm coming to view school districts as a fine example of followers leading so the leaders will follow. On a national level it's difficult because corporate interests have billions of dollars stacked against you. At the school level it can just take a small group of enthused parents to make change happen.

Our parent group had met only once in the fall before the superintendent took notice and formed an official committee. By January, we began to see menu improvements and hearing long-term plans. Best of all, I'm told that organic salad school I linked actually turns a profit on its menu. I suspect our administrators recognize an innovative menu as one more way to distinguish a school and assist enrollment. In California, our main public schools are being bled dry by charter schools, so it takes something quite unusual to make parents consider a public school.

I wish more schools were doing this. Ours was going to, but budget cuts may have killed a test project.

Try White Castle.

Sorry, none in Arizona.

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