Great blog post by Grow Dat’s Johanna Gilligan on the HBO documentary on the the Re-Thinkers.
“…”The Great Cafeteria Takeover” will no doubt make a big splash in Louisiana – a state that struggles with staggering rates of diet-related disease – because of its focus on an amazing group of local students called The Rethinkers. The Rethinkers are 5th to 8th graders who have worked diligently since the summer of 2008 to transform their school food and cafeterias. They’ve attracted national attention for becoming the first K-12th graders in the United States to create their own policy goals for school food, called the Rethink 12 Recommendations for School Food and Cafeterias. Their recommendations are simultaneously visionary and practical, and range from requests to improve the quality of their school food (Recommendation #3: Buy fresh food from local farmers, fisherman and shrimpers) to requests that afford them more dignity while eating (Recommendation #1: No more sporks!)…”"”
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