August 8, 2002
By Brannon Stewart
The first week of school for Dougherty County Students is about to come to an end.
It's back to class, back to the books, and of course, back to lunchroom food. But not for the kids at Robert Cross Middle Magnet School.
They're enjoying the luxuries of their brand new school. But there's one important room that's not quite finished; the lunchroom kitchen.
So what are the kids eating? Fast food.
But school officials say parents shouldn't worry. They are still required to feed students an entre, one vegetable, fruit or a dessert and juice or milk.
"It's different for them," said Roland Watts, the school's cafeteria manager. "They're enjoying it, but I think they'll like it better when we're back in the kitchen, and they're getting home-cooked food."
Since Monday, students have paid the normal one dollar and 25 cents for Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and hamburgers from Sonic.
The veggies, well those have been coleslaw and tater tots. Even though your lunchroom standards like green beans and English peas might be better for you, these kids say they'll take Chick-Fil-A any day.
"I like Chick-Fil-A better because sometimes the lunchroom food is something I don't eat," said Janelle Clarke, a sixth grader.
"Lunch room food is nasty and it stinks very bad." Jade McKibben, another sixth grader.
"I like fast food because it just taste better," said sixth grader Lindsay Hassenstab.
"Fast food, because lunchroom food is gross,"said Heather Padgett, a sixth grader.
As for these students, fast-food is fine with them. The lunchroom kitchen should be up and running by the end of next week after the final inspection from the health department and the city.