• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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A Step in the Right Direction for Cafeterias

The Duluth News Tribune had an excellent article in it today about new cafeteria and menu implementations for the current school year in Duluth’s public school district.  As I was reading it, I sort of had a smile grow across my face, because it is so nice to hear that the standard “buffet style” cafeteria set up is beginning to disappear and be replaced by a more modern set-up.  I can still remember growing up in the Twin Cities and waiting in the endless “hot lunch” line for sub-par macaroni and cheese and slimy tomato soup, and let me tell you, most days students just decided to rather go hungry than to eat the garbage we had been given.  It’s a relief that this trend will not be continuing on!

Schools such as Denfeld have been incorporating new food “stations” in their cafeteria, where students can choose items such as subs, salads, pizza, and even unique entrees like stir-fry.  They can then also choose from an array of different fruits and vegetables from several tables prior to paying.  This cafeteria set-up is proving to be very successful and is yielding in more healthy choices by students.  According to the article, school cafeteria staff have claimed that it appears in many cases that kids are even deciding to eat their fruits and vegetables over the entree (which is an enormous feat!).

I know there are a lot of people who think that giving schools more money for rebuilding, constructing, and updating their facilities is worthless and of poor use to the rest of the community.  However, these children are our future world leaders, small business owners, inventors, authorities…you name it!  They deserve the same care and treatment as everyone else, and they deserve to receive it in a pleasing and comfortable environment.  So in response to this news, way to go schools!

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