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All Bark, No Bite

11:45 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., the most anticipated time of the day, lunch. East High School is known for having some of the best and most accessible lunch options available up and down the street of Colfax- but what is it worth if students can’t properly enjoy the multitude of dining options and opportunities? It has become clear that a large portion of students believe that they can’t properly enjoy their lunch period; between a combination of a lack of time, and overwhelming amount of obstacles it takes to be able to get one’s hands on a bean burrito from the local Chipotle.

Often students will take the journey to get to their desired eating location, only to encounter a line stretched down the block. Along with the time spent waiting, though, you’ll have to wait even longer to get your food and eat it, and each second makes you less likely to be back to the school in time for class. When the majority of students are expected to receive their meals from restaurants off school grounds, students also expect the proper amount of time to safely and assuredly receive a meal. A lack of time results in chaos and rushing, which in some situations can result in dangerous behavior. Who’s to say students are crossing Colfax the proper way when they’re stressing about getting back to class on time with lunch in hand?

Some might argue that this complaint is a bit silly, but take a moment to think about the domino effect a rushed lunch period can create. Recently it’s become clear that some students might prioritize a proper lunch to their perfect attendance in the fifth period that follows. A rushed lunch period leads to more and more absences in the classroom, as a result of ditching to finish a meal. Between a surplus of hungry students, unsafe commuting, and lowering attendance rates, there's a fair argument for extending the lunch period to better fit the needs of students and the community.

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