Of special note: SHS students know what's good for them
Feb 03, 2011 | 1750 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chew on this: A junior at Springville High School is complaining about the quality of the food offered in the school lunchroom. And it’s not that she wants more burgers, fries and cupcakes. Cassidy Jacks is campaigning for more salads and vegetables and unsweetened tea.

Jacks, who is Miss St. Clair Area’s Outstanding Teen, has chosen nutrition and fitness as her platform, and for her it’s not just pageant-week pontificating. She took her message to the St. Clair County Board of Education and asked what she could do to help improve the nutritional value of student lunches.

Jacks did not lobby to have any of the foods removed from the menu. Instead, she said, “I want students to have the choice of eating healthy or unhealthy.”

Like other schools in Alabama, Springville High now offers more choices and healthier foods than in years past, and apparently students are responding. Jacks acknowledged that some of the healthier choices among the lunch offerings, salads and sandwiches, for example, are among the first to run out.

She is correct that the last students through the lunch line should be able to get meals as nutritious as those who get there first, but isn’t it encouraging, as BOE President Scott Suttle observed, that the students are making the healthy choices.

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