If you’re a student at Andover High School, chances are you probably underestimate just how productive and busy a teacher’s day is. Imagine teaching multiple rowdy and energetic classes, grading papers, class assignments, and tests, replying to emails, and running to meetings. Now, on top of that, imagine having to fit in lunch. Due to the implementation of four lunches, the lunch period has been shortened for staff and students alike. Teachers had minimal options regarding this and if they wanted lunch from the cafe, they had to travel to the cafeteria and purchase it. This not only clogged up lines for students, but it took a magnitude of time from their own personal lunch break. Overall, it was a system that benefited neither the students nor the staff. Well now there’s a new option. As an initiative led by Mrs. Westmacott, the Excel students have teamed up with the cafeteria staff to create an efficient and exciting solution. They’re now offering staff an option for prepaid lunch delivery. Staff simply fill out an order form indicating their lunch selection by 2:00 the day prior to, and their lunch will be delivered to them the next day.
Staff currently has the option of a salad or deli wrap served with a side of chips, fruit, and bottled water. Both choices cost four dollars each and that price includes free delivery to wherever the teacher is located in the building during designated delivery times. Mr. Langevin, the cafeteria manager, makes the pre-ordered lunches fresh daily for delivery. This program began as an extension of classroom work done in the Excel Program. The delivery program was established, according to Mrs. Westmacott, “to provide a convenient lunch option for teachers and to reduce the traffic lines in the cafeteria for students.” Mrs. Westmacott describes some of the lessons in the class as skill sets necessary for integration into the work force, such as certain vocational skills. One of these skills, delivering goods, is now able to be actively practiced with this program. Students are able to interact with staff and gain valuable work experience. This offers “a service and internship opportunity for our students to learn about food delivery services” Mrs. Westmacott explained. Some teachers have taken advantage of the program and hopefully more will soon. The program offers a convenient solution to teachers, cuts down on foot traffic during lunch, and is an educational experience for the Excel students. The teachers who’ve had the opportunity have praised the initiative highly. Mrs. Westmacot explains that “students are very successful in delivering the teachers lunches but business is slow right now.” I have no doubt that this program will expand in the upcoming months and spread its beneficial factors to students and teachers alike.
By Elizabeth Bernardin