West Johnston High School will debut the school’s new vision for the Wildcat Cafe on Friday, Feb. 14 at 10:45 a.m.
The school will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the school’s new cafeteria experience, which focuses on reshaping how students and staff view their school cafeteria.
“We care about the students and the quality of the food we serve,” said school nutrition assistant Geo Pellati. “Our staff is a fantastic, cohesive group, and we share the belief that if we are able to change the face of the cafeteria, then we can attract more students and make it possible for more children to want to eat with us.”
The school nutrition staff’s goal for the re-imagining of the Wildcat Cafe is for it to be student-led. Students have formed The Wildcat Cafe Committee to coordinate monthly entertainment events, which will include band performances, karaoke, open mic, and dance.
The student committee plans to invite students interested in performing to apply online. All candidates’ performances will be approved by the committee.
The West Johnston High band will kick off the monthly performances at the ribbon cutting on Feb. 14. The March event will feature dance, band, and choir performances. The cafe will close out April and May with open mic lunches.
In preparation for the debut, the committee and staff are also working to make the Wildcat Cafe more inviting on a daily basis. The cafeteria is decorated with artwork, and peppy music plays throughout the space. Inspirational quotes provide food for thought on the serving lines, servers invite customers to try samples, and occasionally patrons are invited to participate in games for prizes.
The staff hopes to make the cafe a more attractive and comfortable place for everyone. They are even inviting student feedback for the dietitian, so students may have a voice in steering their future menu options.