Veggie Burgers At School? Yum.

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Posted April 28, 2008 by Rachelle Owen

When sixteen year old Ashley Capps sets her mind to do something, it gets done. So when this Everglades High School student decided that her school lunch options sucked, she decided to take charge. She got lots of great media coverage for her work, which then inspired even more people to take steps toward vegetarianism!

I figured that her experience can help motivate many of you to take the same great steps, so here’s a quick interview with Ashley.

What successes were you able to achieve for your school district?
I got veggie burgers and veggie chili added to the district’s school lunch menus.

What steps did you need to take to get these vegetarian/vegan options?
I started a petition at my school and got over 300 people to sign it. I wrote a letter explaining why I did the petition and why I thought the new vegetarian foods should be added. I also included information about VegAdvantage and the benefits to vegetarian food and I sent it to the county Food and Health services.

How are other students responding to the healthier vegetarian and vegan options?
A lot of the students really like it. Many of them weren’t expecting it to be as good as they are.

The local media got interested in the work you’ve done, can you tell us a little bit about their response?
They were really surprised that I was the reason that the new foods were added. I think they expected it to be a county decision and not something that a little teenager came up with. They really liked the foods though and thought it was a great idea.

Anything else you’d like to add for students looking to run successful campaigns at their school just like you have?
I would say just totally go for it. If you want to get something done and to do something good then you shouldn’t let anything stop you. You really can make a difference.

Oh one last thing. If you were in a fight with Col. Sanders, who do you think would win and why?
I would win!! He doesn’t have anything on me, plus I am nice to animals and he isn’t!

Are you interested in getting better options at your school? Click here for tips and don’t forget to join the Street Team.

-Pulin

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  • 2480 days ago

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    omg, thanks for all those kind words, I’m really glad that I inspired people like that! and for all of you looking to the same thing, I wish you good luck :D

  • 2535 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i absolutely felt inspired by this story, so i went out and started my very own petition, and its going great. so far i have recieved 347 signaturesss :D its fantastic. i just thought that if someone my age could pull it off, then why cant i ? so i would just like to thank ashely :]

  • 2546 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great job! I have tried this so many times at my school! I didn’t get the Health Board involved though so i might try that next time! My town is small and crappy so that means they can be stubborn and stick to their beliefs. Plus, all the Principals discriminate against the students and refuse to listen to us because we are “kids”! It makes me so mad! Once again, good going Ashley! :)
    P.S. (Colonel Sanders is dead and has no coralation with the creulty of chickens at KFC farms. He was actually a nice man. lol but that doesnt excuse the abuse)
    P.P.S message me on myspace(click my name) if you read this.

  • 2551 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wow you go ashley!
    i’m a vegan in a small town middle school. i can’t eat a single thing on my school’s menu. i’ve thought about trying to get vegan food items in my school, but everyone in my class thinks i’m crazy as it is. they just can’t grasp the fact that some people just don’t want to harm animals. but what really pisses me off are the people who say they love animals and have never hurt one in their lives, and yet every day they eat burgers and chicken and hotdogs for lunch at school. some people just don’t get it. as soon as i’m in high school, i’m going to try to get vegan and vegetarian food choices in my school. until then, i’ll keep bringing my lunch. your accomplishments have made me realize that making a change in my school is possible!

  • 2552 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Dude that’s awesome you got to get that accomplished. Something like that should happen at my school, since the closest thing to vegetarian cuisine at sandburg is cheese pizzia. Everybody has a voice and I think you’ve shown you have the courage to do so. I think I’ll do something for sandburg after finding out about you. very inspirational.
    -peace
    Natalie

  • 2552 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Go Ashley!
    I think what you did is really amazing.
    Honestly.
    And as for the media being amazed that a TEENAGER pulled something this awesome together, they should get used to it. Teenagers are finally using their voices to show they do have a place in society, and you have proven that many teenagers have voices big enough to make a difference.
    Thanks.
    :]
    Go Ashley!
    I think what you did is really amazing.
    Honestly.
    And as for the media being amazed that a TEENAGER pulled something this awesome together, they should get used to it. Teenagers are finally using their voices to show they do have a place in society, and you have proven that many teenagers have voices big enough to make a difference.
    Thanks.
    :]
    <3

  • 2553 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that’s great that she got her school to offer more vegetarian/ vegan foods at her school. i am thinking about doing something similar to that and the local nutrionist said that would be a great idea. and then the kids could try it and realize that the food is better than it sounds.
    and i liked the question about Col. Sanders.

  • 2553 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ashley – YOU RAWK!!!

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