Why We Deserve Change

The Cheeseburger:



Burger patty:

Ground Beef (Not More Than 30% Fat), Water, Textured Vegetable Protein Product [Soy Protein Concentrate, Caramel Color, Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Riboflavin (B2), Cyanocobalamin (B12)], Salt, Sodium Phosphates, Caramel Color

American cheese:

Cultured pasteurized milk and skim milk, cream, sodium citrate, salt, contains less than 2% of milkfat, sorbic acid (preservative), lactic acid, beta-carotene and apo-carotenal (color), enzymes, soy lecithin and soybean oil blend

Cheeseburger bun:

Water, Whole Wheat Flour, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Yeast, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% or less of the following: Salt, Dough Conditioners (Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Monoglycerides, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Peroxide, Azodicarbonamide), Potassium Sorbate and Calcium Propionate (Preservatives), Yeast Nutrients (Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate)

Photo Credit: Jomara Salinas


Why we deserve change

We don’t have things like other schools have; we want to be treated the same because we are all equal.  It’s not fair that other schools have better food than us.  Everyone needs to be treated right. Many CPS schools have better lunches than neighborhood schools do, and more freedom to choose what they eat.  Whether you go to a neighborhood, charter, or magnet school we should all be treated the same.  Food should not be used as a penalty for lower test scores.  We feel like second class citizens to CPS.

For example, some schools like Lincoln Park and Amundsen have vending machines, while we do not.  If we had vending machines our school could make some profit and this would also give students a chance to get a snack if they are hungry.  Other schools allow outside meals.  They order their food and have it delivered to the lunchroom.  We should have this because it gives the students more freedom to choose what they want to eat (you never know if a student is vegetarian, vegan, or has a special diet.)

We were surprised to learn that many magnet school students have off-campus lunch.  They get to go to restaurants around their schools to eat unlike us.  Lane Tech has off campus for 10-12th graders.  Payton, Lincoln Park, Disney 2, Alcott, and others all have some form of off-campus lunch.

North Town has our lunch but they also have soup and salad as an added benefit.

Northside College Prep has vending machines with baked chips, rice Krispy treats, etc.  They also have microwaves and coffee machines available to students.  Coffee machines will give students a boost of energy.  That way teachers won’t complain about students sleeping in class.


A Complete meal?  Photo Credit: May Oo
Roosevelt has shown a lot of improvement over the years.  ACT scores are higher than they have been in 6 years.  Attendance is up to 90%, and the freshman on track rates have been increasing.  There hasn’t been any gang related trouble in school and more students are wearing their IDs now than ever before.  Roosevelt is a school on the rise, and that is because of us students.  We have shown more responsibility and should be given greater rights.  That means having a better lunch inside school and the ability to go outside school if we want to.

We request that the Board treat us equally, give back our resources and enhance them too.  Give the neighborhood schools higher budgets or stop expanding charter schools when CPS has no money.  The charter schools don’t need any more fancy and new resources, the public schools do.


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