Putting Education Reform To The Test

The Secret Lives of Students: Drinking Milk Out of a Bag, Seeing Icicles in Food

For today’s installment in our series, The Secret Lives of Students, we hear a student’s complaints about school lunches.

Editor’s note: This post was written by middle school student Jocelin Mora who is participating in the summer school program, Breakthrough Miami. 

Courtesy of Jocelin Mora.

Eight grader Jocelin Mora, 13, brings her own lunch to school. The only school lunch she enjoys are the cheese sticks.

By Jocelin Mora, 13

The lunch.

It obviously isn’t the best but I learned to bring my own.

I’m sure you wouldn’t like to drink milk out of a bag or have food so frozen that you can see icicles.

They might be very good if they were just a little bit warmer.

I really don’t enjoy being served frozen food or food that is almost uneatable. The sandwiches are unpleasant and extremely frozen.

Sometimes I see icicles.

I would understand if it was food that is supposed to be frozen, but it’s clearly not supposed to be.

I bring my own lunch now – I have had enough of the same food.

Another thing that I disagree with is the milk in a bag. It just isn’t common.

The other day one of the fifth graders told me they learned that plastic is made out of animal oil. I didn’t like the idea of mixing milk with oil, it just doesn’t seem right.

However I do understand juice in a bag – I’m used to that.

Some of the things I do like about the food are the cheese sticks and the juice. Mainly that’s about it. That is what I think is the best about lunch but then again that’s just my idea.

They should try to provide us with better food because I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t like it.

Jocelin Mora, 13, is an eighth grader at Ada Merritt School. During the summer school program with Breakthrough Miami she attends the Carrollton School campus.

For the next month we’ll hear from students about life in Florida schools. They’ll open up about conflicting home and school rules on fighting, public displays of affection on school campuses, the FCAT and other aspects of school life.


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