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Lunch tales / September 04, 2014

Dear Viewpoint:

I was visiting the high school cafeteria last October when 35 trays were left on the tables at the end of the first lunch. I talked to four young ladies. When I asked where the students were who left two trays across from them, they told me their names and said they did it every day. I didn’t remember their names because they were not my former students.

I talked with the adults in charge and they said students won’t tell on each other. I mentioned that four girls told me the names of the students who made a practice of leaving their trays daily.

There are several adults in charge and four cameras in the cafeteria. These students were once elementary students and were expected and required to dump their trays. What has happened? The older they get, the less responsibility they assume? The next lunch group did the same but I didn’t have time to count the number of trays left.

The custodians have to have the tables clean and ready for the next lunch group in a very short period of time. They do not have time and should not be responsible for dumping these trays.

I told the superintendent and she said she addressed the matter with the high school administration and it would be resolved. It was never corrected - maybe somewhat improved, but not fixed. I have been over there during lunch twice this school year and the problem continues.

We need to have students act responsibly and leave the tables in the condition they would like to find them when they sit down. These students need to not only be required to take care of their own trays, but also be reminded of how disrespectfully they are acting toward both their fellow students and to the cafeteria workers trying to do their jobs.

We are implementing a new food service program this school year in our cafeterias and we’re hoping for more student participation because of an increase in food choices. We need everyone to work together to create a pleasant dining environment.

Fay Satterfield

ED6 School Board Trustee

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