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New Cafeteria Open at Dickerson Primary
Thursday, 15 November 2012

November 15--  This year's renovation project at J.D. Dickerson Primary School in Vidalia included a new kitchen and cafeteria which opened for business earlier this month.

ImageBefore that, Cafeteria Manager Cherry Hughes said food was being brought in from Sally Meadows Elementary.

"We started off the school year bringing food in from Sally Meadows to serve and now that's over, thank goodness," she reports.

Part of the $4.1 million dollar school remodelling project went to replacing kitchen equipment and enlarging the size of the kitchen for the 500 students in the school.  Hughes says they serve about 850 meals a day including 350 breakfasts and 500 lunches.

"The kids are all excited about it because it's all bright and shiny and all the girls are excited about it because we are able to do the work in a much larger area.  We have all new equipment which is top of the line and we're all learning to operate it with all the bells and whistles," she said.

Image Students from Mrs. Ann Harper's Pre-K Class enjoy lunch in the new lunchroom at J.D. Dickerson Primary School.

All public school cafeterias are serving new menues this year which comply with federal guidelines on nutrition.  That means less fried foods and more fruits and vegetables.  Hughes says it's gradually catching on with her patrons.

"We have to pay a lot more attention to what we serve and how we prepare it. We're giving them a lot more fruits and vegetables and the kids seem to be responding well to it.  A lot of them are just getting accustomed to some of the things they haven't seen in the past, but they're starting to try it now and taste it," she observes.

Vidalia school officials are also considering adding a new licensed practical nurse to the staff at J.D. Dickerson to monitor student health, particulary juvenile diabetes.



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