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    Fed Up With Menu, Students Stage Lunchroom Boycott

    TIVOLI (AP) - Macaroni and cheese again? Students at a Texas junior high school staged a four-day boycott of cafeteria food last week to press for more menu choices and healthier alternatives.

    About 30 students at Austwell-Tivoli Junior High School in Tivoli, Texas, near the Gulf Coast, shunned the cafeteria’s offerings and brought their lunches from home for four days last week, The Victoria Advocate reported over the weekend.

    They demanded less menu repetition and more choice in what is served, including salads. President of the seventh-grade class Mckenzi Simmons said “boycott” was a vocabulary word in a recent Texas history class, and that students put what they’d learned into action.

    “All we wanted was for our voice to be heard and a chance at change,” said Mckenzi, 12.

    Superintendent Antonio Aguirre said his Austwell-Tivoli Independent School District offers free lunch to students and staff because a large portion of the district is deemed low-income by the state.

    Aguirre defended the school’s menus, saying they are based on policy set by the Texas Department of Agriculture — which provide specific nutritional guidelines for foods like fruits and vegetables, portion sizes and fried foods.

    But he also saluted the students for harnessing the “power of their own learning.”

    “Kids will say, `When am I ever going to use this stuff?”‘ Aguirre said about some classrooms. “Maybe those girls are our leaders of tomorrow. Somebody has to jump up and do something different.”

    On Wednesday, Mckenzi and the class vice president sent a letter to their principal, Stephen Maldonado, on behalf of their class, calling for less repetition in lunches and a choice of a salad. That same day, another letter she sent to the principal emphasized their stance.

    “We have tried other solutions before,” the letter read. “However, seeing as there has been no change or consideration, we have come to this option. Once again, if we have hurt anyone’s feelings we are sincerely sorry, as it was unintentional.”

    The students believe their demands have been heard and plan to now halt the boycott.
    Well, isn't that interesting. Students asking for salad.
    Truth is - AGAIN - you can't make them eat what they don't like. And this time they actually want vegetables. I guess kids like salad better than peas.

    Salad is highly perishable and therefore expensive, but what is the cost of food thrown in the trash?

    Why not allow the kids to have some input in what they want to eat?
    Sounds like a good way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinnity View Post
    Well, isn't that interesting. Students asking for salad.
    Truth is - AGAIN - you can't make them eat what they don't like. And this time they actually want vegetables. I guess kids like salad better than peas.

    Salad is highly perishable and therefore expensive, but what is the cost of food thrown in the trash?

    Why not allow the kids to have some input in what they want to eat?
    Sounds like a good way to go.
    I dont know...

    This smells like "OCCUPY the cafeteria"...

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    yeah. There's an adult behind this and they're using the kids. Kids want salads. PLEASE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisLed View Post
    yeah. There's an adult behind this and they're using the kids. Kids want salads. PLEASE!
    if you had the choice between lima beans, or a salad, what would you pick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinnity View Post
    Well, isn't that interesting. Students asking for salad.
    Truth is - AGAIN - you can't make them eat what they don't like. And this time they actually want vegetables. I guess kids like salad better than peas.

    Salad is highly perishable and therefore expensive, but what is the cost of food thrown in the trash?

    Why not allow the kids to have some input in what they want to eat?
    Sounds like a good way to go.
    Lets see...Someone raising a stink about the quality and healthiness of school lunches? This sounds kinda familiar..Oh wait, you mean its not M.O.?

    And a bunch of youngsters staging a protest and demanding they get what they want? Sounds familiar...But where are the tents?
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    Similar situation....

    When my kids were in elementary school (K-6) about 7-8 years ago, the 5th and 6th graders asked for salad and fresh fruit over and over again. Their requests fell on deaf ears. The school HAD salad, but it was only for teachers and staff. Salad was deemed "too messy" for an elementary school. The kids (mine included) started bringing their lunches from home, and the school was frustrated by the "lack of participation" in the lunch program by the older students so they attempted a "compromise". It wasn't really a compromise at all. They offered a salad in a plastic deli-style container and fresh grapes (in a similar plastic container) that were available only for purchase if you also bought the school-prepared lunch with it. The compromise didn't last because parents were not willing to spend more money on top of the cost of the regular tray lunch. The students wanted the salad and the fruit INSTEAD of the regular tray lunch.. The regular tray lunch was $1.65, the additional salad was $1.50, and the grapes $1.00
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    Menu variety is almost impossible with the amount of regulations and restrictions the government has placed on school lunches. As the regs become stricter, the less options there will be, and the kids are gonna do a lot of boycotting.

    As usual, stupid liberal policies have the exact opposite effect of their stated intent.

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    Y'all are missing the real story. It is hidden in the article.

    Here it is:

    brought their lunches from home for four days last week....
    So poor kids do have food at home and dont require 3 course meals provided to them by the taxpayers!!! Amazing isn't it!? We are told by liberals that poor folks can't afford food, but in this "poor" school district the kids were bringing their own lunch...aka: FOOD... To school.

    Huh, imagine that.

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    Are these kids on the free lunch program? Just curious since they packed their own lunch, which tells me if they don't like what the cafeteria if serving they can pack their own and if they can pack their own and are on assistance, they don't need assistance.
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    Monsanto and its "high fructose corn syrup" team begs to differ on giving kids fresh alternatives to current food choices. The goal of the mega-ag businesses is to create an obese, food addicted culture. Its the same function of tobacco companies for the last 50 years, only less overt and far more powerful.

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