Chants for chocolate milk: Vacaville students protest removal of lunch item from menu

Students at a Vacaville school are exercising their right to protest for something they feel passionate about.

At Sierra Vista K-8 located along Bel Air Drive, students felt lunchtime wasn’t the same. Something was missing from their menu.

“When we walked in, I was like, ‘What the heck — where is it at?'” asked sixth-grader Wesson Markowski.

Inside Mrs. Doss’ fourth-grade class, students were thinking outside the box to make their plea. Jordan Reed, whose anger was spilling over because of the missing lunch item, went the extra mile by making signs for all of his classmates the night before.

What are the signs for? For the students to mobilize and send a message on Friday to the grown-ups in charge.

“The people who are going to be negotiating with me, I’m probably going to put them on the spot,” Reed said.

Shoulder-to-shoulder, step-by-step, students left class to rally out front of the school. There, they held their signs up and chanted.

All of this was to protest for the return of their beloved beverage: chocolate milk.

Older students like Markowski reflected on the delicious drink’s popularity.

“Back when had chocolate milk when I was in fourth grade, you’d be lucky to get a spot for chocolate milk, because it would all be gone,” Markowski said.

The chants for chocolate cheers did not fall on deaf ears.

Juan Cordon, director of the school district’s nutrition department, heard the kids and explained that the decision to remove the chocolate milk was because of its sugar content. However, the two parties were able to strike up a deal.

The school will now provide chocolate milk one day every other week.

“For now, this is a really good start,” Markowski said in response to the agreement.

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