Invitation to the Miners’ Diner
School lunch at the high school isn’t just grab a tray, wait in line, take what you get, and hope that it tastes good. Sue Woolstenhulme, Park City High School (PCHS) food service manager, says students only get one break each day, and she and her staff want to be sure that students get what they need and still have time to relax.
According to Woolstenhulme, the PCHS lunch staff makes an effort to develop a relationship with the students and learn their names. Many of the students call her Mama Sue, she says. She gets mothers day cards, high school and college graduation announcements, wedding invitations, and she just received a letter from a PCHS alumni fighting in Iraq. As an 11 or 12 year lunchroom veteran, she said she can’t remember exactly when she started and doesn’t work because she has to, but because she likes it.
The Miners’ Diner food court at PCHS has five kiosks: pizza and such, today’s special, garden spot, international, and grille. Between all the different stations, Woolstenhulme says students have over 20 choices on any given day.
The multiple kiosk, food court arrangement is one of the ways Woolstenhulme and her staff use packaging and presentation to appeal to teenagers. At each of the kiosks, students are given a main course, side dish, milk and juice, fruit or vegetable, and a treat, if it fits within the nutritional guidelines required by the federal and state government. According to Woolstenhulme, "the favorite is always the pizza" but other meals such as deli sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and Chinese food are popular.
Kristen Albrecht, a junior at PCHS said that school lunch is a nice option to have because students only get 20 minutes for lunch and it’s hard to get to the junior parking lot and go to town to eat somewhere else. Albrecht said she usually gets a bagel when she eats lunch at school.
"The lunch lines are always full and busy." She explained that the year always starts off slow with the number of students eating at school because, "new students and sophomores are a little scared of school lunch," but this year has already started off busier than usual.
Special requests such as a veggie sandwich, or general comments or suggestions are always welcome, and Woolstenhulme wants students to feel comfortable coming to the staff to with any comments or concerns.
And here’s an unexpected invitation, anybody can come to the Miners’ Diner and eat lunch with the students for $2.75. Woolstenhulme said that they feed a lot of teachers, district employees often come over for lunch, and they even get community members from local business in for lunch every once in a while.
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