The School Lunch Project is pleased to announce the election of the student negotiating team! They are:
Duyen Ho, 1st period
Gabriel Virella, 3rd period
Willis Torres, 4th period
Terreon Williams, 7th period
Itzel Perez, 8th period
Our first negotiation session was yesterday. Duyen, Terreon, Mr. Meegan, and Principal Vazquez were in attendance. Terreon said that the lunch portions were way too small for teenagers, and it is hard to make it through the day with so little food. That’s why kids sell and eat snacks. Duyen asked Principal Vazquez what she thinks of school lunch? Our principal responded that she thought the food was not appetizing, they had limited options, and the quality could be better. She said that her own children will not eat it and she has to pack a lunch for them every day. Mr. Meegan also told us the same thing- that his kids will not eat it and they bring a bag lunch every day too.
Our principal brought up our demand for vending machines. She stated that the machines had to be a certain number of feet away from the cafeteria. She said she would find out. She also mentioned that Taft got vending machines last year. Principal Vazquez insisted that if students could keep the school clean, she would allow us to bring vending machines back!
Our next negotiation will be Tuesday, December 1st. Action steps:
Principal Vazquez has committed to bring up the issue of Aramark food quality and limited options at her next network meeting. She can have conversations with other principals regarding our school lunch and work toward improving it. She also said she would look into getting the vending machines and look for a good place to put them.
We will create a lesson for advisory on the school lunch project, including a survey of the student body. We will add a gallery page to the site so other people at CPS schools can submit their photos of school lunch. We are going to create an online petition to add to the more than 900 signatures we have on paper, and we will try to set up a meeting with the Board.