Have you ever been that kid who has been late to your next period class because you haven’t yet finished your lunch cause of that long lunch line? Yea, I know. We’ve all been there. I believe that our school lunch period should be extended to a full period. My reasons behind this are students are missing valuable class time because they aren’t done eating their lunch, students need more time to relax their brain both physically an mentally, and lastly because eating quickly and rushed can lead to obesity.
The school day itself isn’t that long and teachers do not have all the time in the world to get through what they need to on a day to day basis, why shorten it even more? We, the students, simply aren’t able to finish our lunch on time when the bell rings after 20 minutes letting all the students out., resulting in missing on average 5 – 10 minutes of our next period class which then further results in poor grades. If you decide to extend the luck period to a full 44 minute period students will be able to report to their next period class on time and ready to go maybe even earlier then average. Know, you may be thinking, well if you extend the lunch period then students are going to miss class time no matter what, good point! But, I believe that we can shorten elective periods to a half period, meaning we wouldn’t loose any time in our main subject classes. Now, I don’t mean to take anything away from electives or anything, but I just feel that those classes are less helpful then the others for our future. Don’t get me wrong they certainly are helpful, but just not as much in my opinion. This way we, the students, will be able to enjoy our lunch relaxed and in peace.
Believe it or not eating quickly, which a lot of the students are because they are trying to avoid being late to their next period class, can lead to obesity. “U.S. research shows that when people eat quickly, they consume more calories, enjoy their meal less and feel hungrier an hour later (USATODAY.com).” This can obviously lead to obesity and unhealthy kids, which is clearly a big issue in our society today. In order to avoid this major problem something must been done, and extending the lunch period would be a big step in the right direction! “It’s a problem in a lot of districts . There’s not a lot of time to get their food, sit down, and eat their fill(Phillips, Hellen).” Have you ever just had to slow down while eating because your stomach simply cant take any more food in at once? Well this is a constant feeling myself and many other students struggle to go through the majority of the time we step into that lunch room. This is because we feel rushed so we eat quicker, little do we know this is extremely unhealthy fir us and can negatively effect our health in the future. Do something about this horrible situation. Act out and make a difference.
All this work students have each and every day in school between math , science , social studies , language arts , and world language is a lot to handle , but we, the students, manage but that requires many hours of concentration that sometimes our brain simply can not handle. We are unable to just have the time that is necessary to just relax our brain and give it some time to collect everything in. An extended lunch period would give us time to gather not only the material that we have learned in our classes , but also our own thoughts that are needed to be cleared so we can focus on the task at hand which is first and for most our school work. This will help students get better grades because they will be relaxed and ready to learn after having that time to their selves.
Our lunch period is way too short and must be extended, i repeat must! Put you shoes in ours and try to imagine what it would be like to be consistently rushed everyday at lunch. Not a good feeling right? You are able to eat relaxed and slowly which is simply all I am asking for. Do it for us, do it for the school!