May 14, 2015 11:55 AM
MANCHESTER - There’s pizza – and then there’s pizza.
Anyone who’s been to public school can tell you the stuff they serve in the school cafeteria is nothing like the hot, cheesy slices that get delivered.
And egg patties – what is with the egg patties? No one likes those darn things - and the kids can prove it.
Third-graders at the Parker-Varney school collected some hard data and confronted the school board with it – and the cafeteria pizza ranks among the least popular school lunches.
In fact, almost 40 percent of students report throwing their school lunches away at least a couple times a week.
The kids' survey - distributed to elementary school students throughout Manchester - asked about their favorite and least favorite lunches. Pizza that’s delivered is far-and-away the top lunch food. And pizza that’s made for the cafeteria? It ranks as the second worst - just behind tuna fish.
What do they want to eat? More grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. And 35 percent of students said they would eat carrots at lunch; another 20 percent said they'd eat corn. But the vast majority of vegetables never made it out of the single digits.
Manchester administrators say they're open to the input.
Jim Connors and Sue Sheehy told the students they'll be working on a new school pizza - one that comes as a triangle and has a cheese-filled crust.
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