A few months ago, Gull Lake High School started offering after school snacks. There are pretzels with cheese, bosco sticks, sandwiches, salads, chips, ice cream and Arizona tea. Many students enjoy the snacks after school to provide energy for athletic events. Some students just like to have a small snack. It’s good that the cafeteria offers a choice between healthy options and snack foods in the afternoon but, students need to think about what food choices are right for them. If you are going to work out, you may not want to eat ice cream because it does not supply you with the necessary nutrients.
While parents may not like the new foods after school because they think the student should spend money on lunch, not after school snacks, students can still be irresponsible at times and disobey their parents, using their money to buy junk food instead of a good lunch.
Students appreciate having the privilege of eating these snacks after school. Few students realize that they shouldn’t eat junk food right before a sporting event. Students are not mature adults, and they do not have the responsibility to handle after school. This food is a nice privilege every now and then, but every day eating could cause a problem.
Soda is also for sale in the refrigerator of the cafeteria after school. The soda that is sold has no calories so it is a little healthier than the regular pop that’s loaded with sugar.
Overall, a student needs to be responsible in order to stay healthy with these junk foods and sweet foods just a few steps away. Kids will need to be responsible later on in life, so they should learn now in high school.
By Nick Miller