Hi, My name is Ms. Weisberger. I’m a 7th year teacher in NYC, which is somewhat of a veteran in the city. Four years ago I helped start my current school–and this year we have our first graduating class! I teach Environmental Science to 9th graders–and currently we are learning about “food issues.”
One day last week I was on “admin” duty because our principal was out. I had to man the lunch room with the 9th graders. I was surprised that:
A) All the food was recognizable as food.
B) It smelled good.
C) Kids were eating it!
D) The lunch crew was eating it!
And E) It looked better than the tuna fish sandwich I bought, so I figured…what the heck?!
I’ve been meaning to get down to the lunch room ever since Mrs. Q started her project. I’m teaching the kids about food/gardening right now. Meaning, we are actually doing two different projects simultaneously–we are reading “book club” books about food issues in America and will begin to write persuasive speeches about a topic of the students’ choice. Then, we are also growing seedlings and learning about plant anatomy for our hopeful…soon to be…school rooftop garden!
With this garden in mind–I would eventually want to be able to provide fresh vegetables for the lunch room. But, I was skeptical about how easy/feasible this would be. And how open the school lunch crew would be to this idea. Also, for a successful garden, we would need to compost. So, with these issues in mind, I headed to the HOT LUNCH window. I figured I first needed to build a rapport with the woman (and one man). “Excuse me…but how would a teacher go about buying school lunch?” After a sort of dull stare, the lady told me I had to purchase a ticket ($4) in the main office, and then bring the ticket back down.
When I returned, I gave in my ticket and went to grab a tray (with more food than I needed on it), and heard, “No honey, that’s for the kids,” and she proceeded to pile my plate with food. “Would you like another piece of chicken?” Wow. No thanks (I don’t even eat much meat to begin with). She gave me a second styrofoam plate for my salad (What! salad!), which I returned and said I would just add it to the side of this plate. The salad bar had lettuce, SPINACH, cucumbers, onions, and broccoli in small bowls, but it looked fresh. I got my chocolate milk (fat free–which made me thinking about the great posting on milk a few weeks back) and headed up stairs.
I went up to the art teacher’s room to begin my feast. Over the course of the meal, four teachers and one student exclaimed, “Is that school lunch?!?”
On the menu for tomorrow: Cheeseburgers. I don’t think I’m ready to stomach that. But I will be back.
Ms. Weisberger, thanks so very much for guest blogging! I’m really impressed by the food. Do you know why your school has such terrific food (at least on this day)? If you have any questions for our guest blogger, please comment below.(Edited: she has already commented! yah!)
Chicken on the bone? Bok choy? Corn and black bean salad? YUM!
Thanks! Mrs. Q
NOTE: all guest bloggers have contacted me of their own free will, have given consent, and do not know me personally (although I’d love to meet up one day at a secure location).