By Paige Mace
This year, Cactus Canyon Junior High’s lunches have changed. Pizza, ice cream, and other sugary snacks have been replaced with healthier options.
The cafeteria now offers sandwiches which students can get anything they want on them. There’s also a pretzel cart and many more variety than last year’s lunches. Each day has its own theme and provides different options. For example, Mondays is chicken day, Tuesday is fiesta day, Asian food is offered on Wednesday, Thursday has American fare, and Friday is Italian food day.
“I think that the school lunches are a huge improvement from the previous years,” said Regan Roach, CCJH science teacher. “Last year’s school lunches didn’t appear to be better, but this year there is more varieties, and the dishes look good.”
Some students – mostly eighth graders – have not yet warmed up to not having pizza and ice cream for lunch. Some said they wished some of the old choices were still available.
“I think that they should at least have Chick-fil-A, because at least it has chicken in it to make it a little bit healthier,” said eighth grader Kaylee Marshall.
Seventh grade student said she wasn’t expecting to have ice cream, slushies, and chips available for lunch and is happy with the current options.
“I usually eat what’s in the (main) line anyway,” she said.