Why Leesville should have a longer lunch period

A longer lunch period can benefit high school students in so many ways. Here at Leesville our students only have a total of around 35 minutes. Photo courtesy of Ellis Nani.

With more time to eat, students are less likely to rush through their meals, promoting healthier eating habits. 

Our upperclassmen are also less likely to drive recklessly during a longer period.

Many of our students who can go off-campus experience feeling rushed with such little time.

“I usually end up rushing back to school depending on how far I go for lunch. I always want Chick-fil-A but end up always rushing with no time so I usually try to go somewhere closer,” said Lily Westbrook, junior. 

With a longer lunch period, students have the opportunity to eat a more balanced meal, which can improve their health and energy levels, and allow students more time to socialize with their peers. 

Social interaction is essential for developing friendships and creating a sense of belonging within the school community.

A longer lunch break also gives students a mental break from their classes and allows students to relax and recharge, which can help to improve academic performance.

When students are well-fed, rested, and have had a chance to socialize and relax, they are more likely to be focused and engaged in their afternoon classes.

“I feel like with more time I’ll be able to eat without rushing, and eat more healthy food which will make me focus better in my last classes,” said Shane Oxenford, sophomore.

This can enhance their school experience and provide opportunities for personal growth and skill development.

Overall, a longer lunch period can contribute to the development of high school students by helping physical health, socialization, stress reduction, and academic success.


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