Where’s the beef? | AspenTimes.com

Where’s the beef?

Dear Editor:

Have you seen the new middle school? As an Aspen taxpayer, have you really taken a long, hard look at it to see what your millions created for our children in this community? By all practical appearances, it is smooth and sleek and big ” just what we needed. But, just like most anything in life, it is easy to be fooled by the glossy appearance and seemingly perfect image. Once inside, the classrooms and open spaces are tidy and comfortable, even the lockers ” albeit about 50 short for the number of students needing them ” are exciting.

Hmmm, and where’s the cafeteria? The high school has a state-of-the-art cafeteria, which was built several years ago. The elementary school has a cafeteria, which I have enjoyed eating lunch in with my children many times over the years. Maybe it was an unusual oversight, but where are approximately 400 students in the middle school suppose to eat? And, more important, exactly what are they suppose to eat? Anyone with any sense knows the familiar adage that “we are what we eat.” And, kudos to the movement in the elementary school to providing our children with more organic food choices on the menu. That’s a huge boost to proper brain development and better learning in our children.

As a parent and a taxpayer in this town, I am concerned for our children in middle school. I thank you for the new school, but not at the expense of affecting the nutritional development of our children. These are vital years, years of adolescence, hormone surges, pimples and mood swings. We’ve all been there! The cafeteria is the one place, and maybe the only place for some children, where a difference in their diet and, therefore, in their development and the quality of our schools and academia can be made.

Instead of not having a cafeteria, why not offer a healthy, unproces-sed, chemical-free breakfast and lunch? That may seem a little far-fetched, but it’s not as crazy to me as not having a commercial, standard cafeteria to meet our children’s needs in the middle school.

Molly M. Brooks

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