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Eagle Eatery Now Open for Park Avenue Students

Park Avenue homerooms voted for their favorite name to call the school’s cafeteria.

The Park Avenue Elementary School cafeteria received a minor makeover yesterday with the unveiling of a new name.

As a way to build school spirit, Pomptonian Food Service and Park Avenue School counselor Lori Goldman asked each homeroom to come up with a name for the school’s cafeteria. However, no school contest would be complete, without an educational factor.

“The contest did not only build school spirit but it was held around election season so students got a lesson in the voting process,” said Patricia O’Keefe, Interim Principal of the Park Avenue Elementary School. 

After each homeroom provided a suggestion, three names were selected to be finalists. Students were then asked to cast their vote by circling their favorite name on the ballot. Once all votes were counted, students learned that the cafeteria would be renamed the Eagle Eatery.

On Wednesday, parents, staff and Park Avenue students came down to the Eagle Eatery for a ribbon cutting celebration. Lauren Bilicki’s second grade class was the homeroom that came up with the winning name and so they were awarded prizes and a special snack for their creativity. Luke Lichardi, one of Bilicki’s students, was selected to cut the ribbon; it was his eighth birthday on Wednesday.

According to Goldman, since the mascot for Park Avenue is the Eagles, the cafeteria will only be called the Eagle Eatery while Park Avenue Elementary students eat there. Jason Baumbach, area director of Pomptonian Food Service, explained that there are plans to hold a similar contest for students in the Freehold Intermediate School.

BoroPride January 25, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I can imagine what the middle school kids are going to come up with....my daughter and all her friends don't eat lunch there because they say it's so disgusting. My 5th grader who loves food and loves to eat and isn't picky at all says the same thing...I'm starting to wonder. Cute idea with the name, but how about asking the kids about the food and what they would like to change.

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