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My Interview Essay
Here is an essay I had to write for college. Its already been graded and got a C. Tell me what you think I could have done to make it better.
Mr. Martin Interview
My interviewee's name was Mr. Martin who is the Superintendent of the Chambersburg School District. Mr. Martin's job is to oversee all of the accounting and school programs, including the lunch program at Chambersburg School District. Before I contacted Mr. Martin for an interview, I did some research on the schools lunch program after hearing from my child that he was short on lunch money and the cafeteria lady dumped his food in the garbage, then gave him a sandwich and a small milk jug in place of it. I researched the school's official website and discovered the school does have a lunch program for those who have forgotten their money or cannot afford it; but I'm still disappointed that the school allows food wasting. Not only are they wasting, but they are doing it in front of the students, showing them its alright to waste. The school district needs to stop wasting food and set a good example in front of the students using alternate methods to those who forgot their lunch money like sending a note home to the parents telling them they owe the school money, or by having the student bring the money in the next day.
As I sat down with Mr. Martin, who was a small man in his late 50s peering over his large desk, I noticed he appeared to be in good spirits and said he was happy to answer any questions that I had about their school's lunch program. I explained to Mr. Martin the concerns I had with the schools lunch program, and asked him how often they reviewed the lunch program, and how often they add changes. Mr. Martin politely said that the program is reviewed every school year and that the new program they have was put in place in 2007. He went on to say that the school has a “My Lunch Money” program where the parents put so much money into an account for their children, and the students just use their lunch money card to purchase their lunch everyday. Mr. Martin also said that the parent's can check their child’s account balance online at their own convenience.
After Mr. Martin finished talking he sipped his coffee cup and listened as I asked him if he thought the current lunch program works and why. Mr. Martin said he agreed with the current program because it allows students who do not have lunch money to still get something to eat like a sandwich or meat loaf, along with a drink. He also said they have other programs in place for low income families so that every student will have a nutritious meal before going home. He then sat their smiling at me with his fingers clenched together like he was cracking them as I went on to ask why is it then that lunch gets thrown into the trash by the cafeteria staff in front of the student's when they are low on funds; don't you think you can fix that? Mr. Martin paused with his mouth open like he was going to say something but looked like he was thinking. He then said slowly, “Yes, I agree that is a problem but the food cannot be served to another student because of health concerns and must be destroyed.”
I smiled and kept a professional attitude when I asked him one last question before wrapping things up. I asked Mr. Martin how much money is wasted every week because of food being thrown in the garbage and if he thought the money wasted in food outweighs the students forgetting lunch money? Mr. Martin smiled and said that I had a very good question. He said between $150-$200 is wasted every week because of food waste and that he did not think that food wasted out weighed students forgetting their lunch.
In conclusion I told Mr. Martin that the school district needs to stop wasting food and set a good example in front of the students using alternate methods to those who forgot their lunch money like sending a note home to the parents telling them they owe the school money, or by having the student bring the money in the next day. I also said that if your food wasting does not out weigh students forgetting lunch money then that means 66 students forget their lunch money every week. That may or may not be true but the sandwich and the drink that you give those students after you threw their lunch in the garbage also costs money which makes your claim highly unlikely. You could however instead of teaching or kids how to be wasteful, send a note home to the parents telling them they owe the school money or give the kid a chance to bring the money in later that week.
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