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Letter: Growing dome for Glenwood High

As you may already know, many schools both within and outside of our school district have a free and reduced lunch program. Of the 13 schools in our district, Glenwood Springs High School is the only one that does not have this program. Glenwood Springs did not offer this program or any other alternative for families with a low income.

We do have off-campus lunch and a chef who runs a private business at our school and charges $8 per meal. In my Fundamentals of American Democracy (FAD) class, we are doing a project to try to change this. My group wanted Glenwood Springs High School to offer a free and reduced lunch program, like the rest of the schools in the valley. We surveyed more than 100 students at GSHS, and the results showed that 96.97 percent of students said that they would like a more affordable option for school lunch. Zabdi Fuentes, our human resource manager at GSHS, said, “We are thinking at least half the school should be able to qualify” for this program. Our school has now come up with a plan to implement free and reduced lunch, which will be enacted starting next year.

It is great news to hear that we will be getting this program next year, but we are also concerned with keeping the program. In our interview with Zabdi, she told us that the school had this program several years ago, but because of such a poor turnout, it was shut down. To make sure that we don’t lose this program again, we propose that our school builds a school garden — more specifically, a growing dome.

Roaring Fork High School and Yampah Mountain High School both have growing domes. The plan is to create a gardening class, assemble the growing dome and start planting. By having the students grow the fruits and vegetables themselves, they will be more likely to eat the fruits and vegetables. At lunch, there will be a compost for the fruits and veggies that the students don’t eat. What is put into the compost will be used by the school garden. That way there is much, much less waste.

Implementing this growing dome will also save the school money in the long run. On average, schools only have about a dollar for each lunch because they also have to pay labor and supply costs. If our school already has fresh fruits and vegetables ready, we can make that $1 per lunch go much further than it already does.

Jolie Pirner

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