Dallas ISD Students Love Competition

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Dallas ISD Students Love Competition

Students love competition, especially when it involves healthy cooking, local products and delicious things to eat. Each year, Dallas Independent School District (ISD) students compete to see who can cook the healthiest and tastiest menu item that also meets National School Lunch Program nutrition standards. Student chefs that include a Texas grown item in the menu item earn bonus points.

Winning menu items are recognized with a coveted spot on the line in Dallas ISD school cafeterias. The item is featured in the rotation of menu items students can see and enjoy. In this menu from Ed Walker Middle School, above, three of the listed items were winners in past competitions - the broccoli salad (featuring Texas grown broccoli), pear and cinnamon oats, and the grilled chicken cheddar sandwich.

Competitions like Dallas ISD's offer a great opportunity to solicit student feedback and teach everyone about the importance of cooking and eating seasonally and locally. Students are more likely to try and like a new menu item if they participate in its creation.