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New Lunchroom Opens at SDM
Monday, 07 December 2009

ImageDecember 7--  For the first time since February, the students at Sally Meadows Elementary School in Vidalia got a hot lunch at school Monday. Student Nevaeh Welsh was the first to go through the serving line.

School officials opened the new school cafeteria which is part of a nearly $11 million school construction and renovation project which is ongoing at the school.

"We are very excited about being able to do this.  It's been a long time since we've been able to offer as many choices and more fresh fruits and vegetables," says Linda Collins, the school system nutrition manager.

For the past nine months, the school system has been preparing sack lunches at J.R. Trippe Middle School and hauling them to the elementary school.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the school's new 4th and 5th grade wings, according to facilities manager Russell Burkett.

"You've got your 4th and 5th grade wings going on which have been worked on while the cafeteria was being worked on.  We've got some work going on out in the gym area which will be the last phase along with the playground area, and that's going to wind it," he reports.

The work by McDonald Construction Company of Vidalia is expected to be completed by late summer.  When school opens next year, SDM will include the 2nd through the fifth grades.  The transfer of the second graders from J.D. Dickerson Primary School will make more room for growth at JDD.

Meanwhile, back at the lunchroom, manager Vicki Messex says they opened with the students favorite meal.  "Chicken tenders, green beans, mashed potatos and yeast rolls, this is their favorite meal," she says.  

And a student agrees, "It's really good.  We used to eat chicken tenders all the time until they started building the new lunchroom.  We're glad to have 'em back," he notes.

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