Students say school cafeteria has variety

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM.

While the pizza and hoagies were a top choice at Crestview High and Baker School, farther south, the kids at Riverside Elementary School had a different favorite.

“Chicken nuggets,” Principal Marline Van Dyke said. “They all love chicken nuggets.”

Those nuggets “are whole muscle meat and baked fresh,” Haile said. “We don’t fry anything in any school.”

Van Dyke said very little encouragement is required for her students to make healthy choices when heading down the lunch line.

“It’s surprising. When you put healthy selections out there, they’ll eat it,” she said. “They have whole wheat buns and they probably don’t even realize they’re having whole wheat buns. They can probably teach their parents something about healthy eating.”

Riverside’s food service manager Lydia Bradley said the kids generally like the selections.

“There’s always something for everybody,” she said. “They have a lot of variety. But now and then, we get that one who won’t eat anything.”



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