Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Wed, Aug. 12

New $4.5 million dollar cafeteria serving TC hot meals
TC Junior High rings the dinner bell

By Byron Poocha/TC District Media
Served up in a beautiful new 17,000 square-foot stone building, students at the TC DistrictÕs Tuba City Junior High School can now get their two hot choices, daily free lunch and free breakfast at their own new $4.5 million dollar cafeteria. The TC Junior High School, with current enrollment at 328, provides fresh, hot nutritious meals to its students five days a week.

By Byron Poocha/TC District Media Served up in a beautiful new 17,000 square-foot stone building, students at the TC DistrictÕs Tuba City Junior High School can now get their two hot choices, daily free lunch and free breakfast at their own new $4.5 million dollar cafeteria. The TC Junior High School, with current enrollment at 328, provides fresh, hot nutritious meals to its students five days a week.

TUBA CITY -- Tuba City Junior High students literally waited a whole year for a hot lunch. But now they can have it, served up in a beautiful new 17,000 square-foot stone edifice that has southwestern native design elements incorporated into the stone masonry walls featuring state of the art kitchen equipment.

The new TC junior high cafeteria can even do double duty as a multi-purpose auditorium.

Since last school year, TCJHS students had to walk down the block to another TC District sister school, the Eagle's Nest Intermediate School to get their meals, and they had to do in it shifts to accommodate the students at ENIS as well as their own junior high student population.

But now they can luxuriate in a less crowded relaxed lunch atmosphere with their own junior high age peers, choosing from two free hot lunch choices and a free breakfast every school day.

Since they don't have to walk to lunch down the block, and then wait in line for their trays of food, finally getting through to a crowded table seating, these students now have more time to visit, exchange ideas and contemporary thought over their noon meal.

This makes for a much needed noontime break that will make their day more pleasant and more academically productive.

The saying that "food feeds the stomach to fuel the soul" is true at the junior high, and can be heard in the laughter and discussion among the young diners at the new TC Junior High Cafeteria.

For more information about the Food and Nutrition Program at Tuba City Junior High School or any of the other six TC District Schools, call Helen Hunter, director of Food Services or Delores Roan, at Food Services (928-283-1029) or the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.

(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)

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