Target: Mrachek Middle School of Aurora, Colorado
Goal: Change lunch policies to give each group equal chances for meal choice, clean cafeteria, and schedule
The father of a female student at Mrachek Middle School in Aurora, Colorado recently complained that the school’s lunch policy was “sexist.” Because of tight budgets for lunch staff, the school separates students into two different lunch periods. Boys eat first while the girls go to recess, and the two groups are switched after the period is over. Though each group spends equal amounts of time eating lunch, numerous girls have said that the popular food items were gone and the cafeteria a mess by the time they arrived to eat.
Though the school’s budget may not allow it to merge the two lunch periods, the problem can be easily solved simply by having boys and girls alternate going to lunch first. This way, each group will get to pick their lunch items first (and enjoy a clean cafeteria) every other day, and no student will be stuck in a lunchtime routine that they do not like (perhaps a boy prefers to go to recess before eating and a girl prefers the reverse, but they are stuck doing things in the same order all year).
By signing this petition you will help urge Mrachek Middle School to change its lunch policies to promote equal chances and gender equality among its middle school students.
Dear Mrachek Middle School,
I recently read an article about a father who complained that the school’s lunch policy was sexist in that boys were allowed to pick their lunch first and use the cafeteria when it is the cleanest, while girls ate their lunch later and had fewer privileges. Though this arrangement will not necessarily harm a child physically, I believe that as a school and role model for students’ future beliefs and behaviors, Mrachek should change its lunch policies to embrace gender equality.
The school could simply have boys and girls alternate going to lunch first. You could have boys go first on odd-number days and girls on even-number days. Though this may seem like a trivial change, it does a lot to shape the minds of easily impressionable young people and shows them how to treat people equally regardless of who they are.
[Your Name Here]
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