Keep the SHS Cafeteria Open During 6th Period

Keep the SHS Cafeteria Open During 6th Period

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Elise Leroux started this petition to Souhegan High School shs

We, the undersigned, support the addition of a policy that keeps the school cafeteria open through sixth period until approximately 12:43.Currently, the cafeteria is open from 6:45am to 12:00, the end of either advisory or lunch for the students of Souhegan. Students and faculty should have access to one snack line at this time, specifically the one near the coffee cart.  For this slotted time, the coffee cart, snack rack, Dasani display cooler, and Snapple display cooler will be open.

This short period of time is not always used to eat, however. One reason for not eating during lunch is because lots of students use this time to finish or catch up on work. When all of lunchtime is spent on academics, no time is left to get food. Without eating, a teenager will not be able to focus or perform to their fullest in school. This is especially harmful when kids who don't have time in the morning, they skip breakfast and don’t bring food. Teenagers should be eating every few hours to keep  their energy and performance up but many kids don’t eat at all during the seven hours spent at school. After the designated lunch periods, students can no longer purchase any food or drink from the cafe. Instead, they have to rely on the vending machines located around the school. This, however, isn’t an effective solution as students won’t always have money on them, unlike their ID pins they use at the cafeteria. According to Martha Mckittrick, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Curry School, “It’s important to fuel the body with food because it enhances memory strength, concentration, and energy levels and will enable students to be successful.” Having access to food throughout the day helps students perform better in school and decreases the risk of hunger and dehydration.

Keeping the cafeteria open for an extra period benefits everyone, especially those who have a very early lunch and are not hungry enough to eat during their designated lunchtime. This proposal would allow students to have a more flexible mealtime and not have to worry about having money on them at all times.

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