Great Spaces: Union Collegiate Academy, Union Public Schools, Tulsa, Okla.

District redesigns high school dining program to resemble college atmosphere.

The idea for the panini grill kiosk came after visiting a downtown Tulsa B&I location and discovering how popular that station was to those employees. Lisa Griffin, R.D., director of child nutrition, thought the concept would translate well in the high school.

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