Robert Wheeler prepares sandwiches from scratch in preparation for lunch at the Viking Grill. Students who participate in the vocational class receive credit along with valuable experience.
Offering something for every taste, the menu features 17 main choices along with numerous side items. Main entrée selections include hamburgers, garden burgers, grilled ham and cheese, hot dogs, tacos, burritos, grilled cheese sandwiches with soup and submarine-style sandwiches. Students can select one side item consisting of fries, onion rings, potato chips, beans, raw vegetables and canned fruit. Additional items available include mozzarella sticks, pretzels with cheese, chili cheese fries and salad. Milk or chocolate milk is included with each meal.
Orders should be placed before school begins and no orders are accepted after 10 a.m., Gillespie said. The cost is $2 for students and $2.50 for adults. Free and reduced price lunches are available for those students who qualify.
An average of 50 meals per day are prepared by the students.
“When the weather is bad, the number of meals ordered increases,” she said.
WHS Principal Robert Kuhn, who eats at the Grill once or twice each week, stated the lunch program keeps some students from leaving the campus during lunchtime.
“This is one of the most unique enterprises at the high school, The kids are in charge of the café. This experience can be beneficial later in their lives,” said Kuhn.
Bids for the construction of a cafeteria are to be opened later this month. Construction will begin in December or January and will be completed by the beginning of the next school year, said Kuhn.
He added that the Viking Grill will continue to operate in the new cafeteria.