Adults often grumble about eating tater tots, glue-like mashed potatoes and whatever other slop the lunch lady served at school while growing up, but the officials with the WFISD are conducting a new survey to change that.
As the first lunch period starts, Rider High School students head for the cafeteria, but instead of eating the same food they’ve been eating for years, they’re trying something new.
“Today, we’re sampling out two different choices,” Chartwells K-12 Marketing Specialist Marci Spruiell said. “One is the roost concept which is all about chicken and it is restaurant inspired and then, bok-choy, which is an Asian inspired dish that we worked with in collaboration with Celebrity Chef Jet Tila.”
It’s all part of the “student choice” program. Students from 150 different school districts across the nation are given the chance to reimagine the school dining experience, something Spruiell said she is passionate about.
“Students really care about what they’re eating, and in order for us to get their say on what’s on the menu, this is our way of doing that, and it’s just a fun way to say hey let us know what you want and we’ll get it on the menu,” Spruiell said.
Students from all three high schools were given the chance to sample two new dishes then cast their vote on which one they like most. Rider students sampled the dishes Wednesday, and their reviews are in.
“We voted for the burgers because they were very good, it was tasty,” sophomore Nikya Pruitt said.
“I voted for the chicken sandwich, the Roost,” freshman Carson Yeagley said.
“Roost is the most popular, but every school is different, and every student has their own idea of what they want,” Spruiell said.
The options do more than allow students to change their menu.
“It really encourages the students to vote more. I feel like otherwise they wouldn’t,” Yeagley said.
“The students really like getting to have a voice in what they’re eating,” Spruiell said. “They’ve always wanted to say what’s on the menu. We do a lot of surveys throughout the year asking them and this is our way to actually talk with them and say hey what do you think of this.”
Spruiell said with the success rate of the survey so far, she plans to continue quarterly to bring new flavors and adventure to students taste buds.