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School lunch line wait time issues arise

Students struggle to deal with a bigger student population and great lengths in lunch lines as a result
Students wait in a stretched lunch line during peak time.

A student walks down the halls of Smoky to the cafeteria after a long class period and is hungry for the free lunch the school hands out. However, only to walk into a line that stretches down the long hall that goes into the cafeteria, forcing them to wait to get their lunch for the majority of their 30-minute lunch break.

Students spend every day doing schoolwork being in and out of class and, most of all, having their lunch break. Every student at Smoky is given a 30-minute lunch break. Within this time, two lunch stations open and allow students to get lunch. Due to the overwhelming number of freshmen who came in this year, the number of students has increased significantly more than last year. This makes the lunch lines longer and harder to get through.

“It’s way too long,” Cassie Guerra (10) said.

Many students can agree that the consistent long lunch lines grow to be more irritable.

“It’s way too long and it sucks,” John Nino (10) said.

While some students can have lunch on their off periods allowing more time, there is still a majority of kids who don’t have an off period the corresponding day, during lunch, or have no off periods altogether making those 30 minutes a crucial break time. 

Drew McKnight (11) suggests, “They should re-open another lunch line to make the line go faster.”

Nino and Guerra both shared the same opinions as Drew in regard to the extensive lunch lines.

John explains, “They should work to open up a station. Because I know there are more people that can go and help, but they don’t for some reason. And then that causes the long lunch line and gets crowded, and people get mad.” 

Students irritable about this issue come forward with complaints all around. From the aggravated attitude of the students having to wait in line, or the annoyance of little to no time to eat their food, creates tension around lunch. What could the school possibly do for these students in the future? 

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