School Cafeteria Ideas
With the 2014/2015 school year coming to a close, now is the time to start gathering school cafeteria ideas to decorate for the remainder of the year and early next year. The cafeteria is a gathering place, one that many students are excited to visit each day. Creating a fun environment helps to provide students a break from school work but could also create more learning opportunities as well.
Post Signage on Responsibilities
Students need a reminder of what is expected of them while they are in the lunch room. In the blog “Step into Second Grade with Mrs. Lemons,” she has a series of “Responsibilities” posters, with “Cafeteria Responsibilities is one of them.
On her site she offers the ability for schools to download and print them for their own use, with the “Cafeteria Responsibilities” poster being great school cafeteria idea to post in the lunch room.
Products to Mix Things Up for Fun
Many children struggle with some of the new foods required in school cafeterias, while others get bored and ancy in a sterile white environment. Bring some life to your space with a variety of food service equipment and supplies!
Some ideas include:
- Infuse water with fruit
- Use Vollrath Super Pan Super Shapes along the food assembly line with colorful fruits and vegetables
- Chop fruits and vegetables into fun shapes
- Use food trays with fun colors
- Install a salad bar (learn how your school might qualify for funding at Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools)
- Add unique furniture with cool colors to make the eating area more fun
Reward Good Behavior
Elementary School Counseling works to improve student behavior in the various parts of schools, such as cafeterias, hallways or classrooms.
The “Good Behavior Competition” part of their website gives great examples of signage to post on the walls to encourage students to be on their best behavior, similar to the first section of this blog on responsibilities signage.
Elementary School Counseling did a study to see if student behavior would change for the more positive after putting their initiatives in place. The program turned out to be successful and is a great model for school cafeteria ideas for improvement.
Visit their website and scroll to the “Materials” section to download signage to run these programs in your own school.
Aim to Inspire
Think out of the box to get students motivated and inspired during their lunch break. Grandfield High School in Grandfield, Okla., had a great saying near a clock. Simple, but great motivation for students.
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