The Apple Leaf
This story represents a portion of the recent work produced by The Apple Leaf staff. The Apple Leaf is published by the Advanced Journalism class at Wenatchee High School, under the tutelage of adviser Dave Riggs. The award-winning publication is a forum for expression by the students of Wenatchee High School, affording them a chance to air facts and opinions relative to all issues of concern to them.
Something is happening in our school, something unacceptable, and it’s happening right under our noses. That, my friends, is the slow disappearance of junk food.
Well-meaning politicians are coming up with all kinds of new laws lately trying to counteract obesity, and frankly, I don’t like them. While I realize I may be coming off as the fat kid who won’t let go of her candy bar, I do have some legitimate points to make about these so-called “health food regulations.”
At the end of last year, the lunch ladies started telling us we had to have fruit with our lunch before we could even type in our ID number.
Now I don’t know about other people, but to me, this just seems like an open invitation for kids to waste food. There is an obvious reason they didn’t take fruit in the first place — they didn’t want to eat it.
Just because you require someone to take the food they don’t want, doesn’t mean they’re going to decide to put it in their mouth and actually eat it. In fact, it will most likely end up being one more thing for the janitors to collect when they sweep the floors and empty the trash at the end of the day.
As if that wasn’t enough, a law has now been passed that requires schools to take junk food out of vending machines and replace it with “healthier choices.” Do you know what that means? It means saying goodbye to your beloved Cheetos and Snickers and hello to Nature Valley granola bars and whole wheat crackers.
Did anyone else notice the vending machine, which used to contain a glorious variety of sugary treats, is no longer across from the ASB office? This is just like when they took away our cartons of chocolate milk.
The bottom line is that sometimes, with the stress of homework, tests, and the never-ending to-do lists that weigh us down every day, it’s nice to have a little comfort food. I’m not telling you not to eat healthy food or to load up on Funions, but that the complete removal of junk food is unnecessary and the attempts to help kids eat healthier are getting out of hand.
I ask you, dear reader: What kind of world do we live in when a girl can’t put a dollar in a vending machine and have her fix of mini chocolate-chip cookies pop out? The short answer: it’s not a happy one.
Bridget Dowd is editor-in-chief of The Apple Leaf, the student newspaper at Wenatchee High School.