High school's renovation entices students to dine in

New tables, TVs and murals dress up once-drab dining space

If it wasn’t for the constant hum of teenage conversation and the occasional raucous laughter, you’d almost think the ultra-spacious and modern cafeteria at Muscle Shoals High School was just a strategically placed trendy eating establishment where the clientele enjoys the atmosphere and good food.

But teenagers fill the space and it is their school cafeteria, just transformed into what their generation has come to expect from any food provider: an all-around palatable dining experience.

Child nutrition programs in school systems across the country are taking seriously the need to stay current not just with federally-required food items for students but with the cafeteria setting and atmosphere.

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