The school hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 16 for the kitchen, which is the result of last year's third grade research project to improve school lunch. Students surveyed all elementary schools in Manchester to find out students' likes, dislikes and suggestions.
After collecting and analyzing the survey data, Parker-Varney's third graders proposed some solutions, which led to the approval of an on-site kitchen catered by Cafe Services. Students say lunch menus now offer new and different options more aligned with their tastes.
The school-wide assembly and ribbon-cutting celebrated the students' hard work and gave community members -- including Mayor Gatsas, several school board representatives, and school district administration -- the chance to see how students' voices can make a difference. Students leaders provided a tour of the kitchen facilities after the assembly program.