By Clairissa Moore
Get ready, change is coming. After years of pushing for better cafeteria food, Superintendent Dr. Shaun Nelms, and chief financial officer Ms. Carleen Pierce have finally succeeded. In a recent interview, they told us what was coming.
On January 28th, the cafeteria lines will be labelled and separated based on what is served. Of course, that isn’t the only change. We as students will have more options to choose from. There will be a “Subway line,” as Nelms said, with made-to-order sandwiches. Don’t worry though, there will be pre-made sandwiches and salads if you’re in a hurry. In general, there will be more menu items every day, so you can be sure you’ll get something you’d like to eat. That’s only the beginning of this pilot program and what Ms. Pierce calls the cafeteria’s “grand re-opening.”
Before the end of the year, there will be even more choices, including ethnic food like tacos and Chinese food. And by next year, the cafeteria will be brand new with a food-court-like style. Of course, privilege comes with responsibility. In order to get better food and a nicer cafeteria, we have to respect and appreciate what we are given. In the past, East students have made choices that reflect poorly on Ms. Pierce’s decisions, such as installing microwaves in the cafeteria only to have them break from abuse. This cannot be one of those occasions. We as a student body must clean up after ourselves, and eat the food we are served to get this program to work and grow. This shouldn’t be an issue, since we made this happen.
Another student, Anna Burton, and I reported on this issue in the November Eagle Express. In under 2 months, significant change has come. You can be involved too. On East’s website, there is a page called “Let’s Talk” which allows students and staff to communicate with corresponding officials. And yes, they actually read them. See a problem? Or something great? Advocate for yourself and others with ease and make a change.