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Cafeteria Food May be Nutricious but is it Enjoyable?

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RPA CAFETERIA -- Food workers serve meals each day at Rodriguez in what is an elementary kitchen on a middle school campus.

RPA CAFETERIA -- Food workers serve meals each day at Rodriguez in what is an elementary kitchen on a middle school campus.

Photo Courtesy of Emily Walos

Photo Courtesy of Emily Walos

RPA CAFETERIA -- Food workers serve meals each day at Rodriguez in what is an elementary kitchen on a middle school campus.

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You may get that mouth-watering feeling when you see fresh foods, but you don’t see that at RPA, according to students and staff on campus.

Many students and staff at Rodriquez Prep Academy say that cafeteria lunch food is boring, bland, and bad tasting.

One student, Kiontae Rogers, said that he would rate lunch foods, “zero, because they serve the same spicy chicken. I’m left to eat salad.” Multiple students agree with this statement, saying that the lunch foods have no variety.

Some staff members agreed.

Darlene Murray, AVID and English teacher said, “I would starve.” before eating in the cafeteria.

The students and staff suggest some things need to change so that they could experience better lunch foods.

Rogers suggested adding more variety, “Because they serve the same dry, pre-frozen, non-nutritious, nasty, disgusting, and bitter chicken sandwich.”

Another suggestion, by Trinity Upshaw, was to better heat the foods,”Because the food be getting cold…”

Kara Kesterson, fourth grader at RPA, said she would, “put more peaches,” on the salad bar.

Amy Copeland, seventh grade English teacher, explained how the school’s cafeteria came to be.

Rodriguez Prep Academy was originally supposed to be an elementary school, to be named Emmerton 2. As a result, the cafeteria was designed to serve pre-packaged, mass-produced items instead of having a full kitchen that could make fresh meals.

“When they built it, it was built like a elementary, that’s why the kitchen is the way it is,” she said.

Former Deputy Superintendent Judy White got behind the idea of making a middle school like Richardson Prep on the east side of the city but adding elementary grades.

That meant “making a middle school . . . after the school was already built,” Mrs. Copeland said.

 

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