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Sumrall Middle, High School Campus Gets New Cafeteria

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SUMRALL, Miss. - Students at Sumrall Middle and High Schools will get to eat lunch in a new cafeteria.

Lamar County school officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at the new facility. The staff said the lunchroom has state-of-the-art technology that will better service students and provide them with healthier meals.

"If they're hungry, they are not going to be able to concentrate," said Nutrition Manager Barbara Clinton.

She said that's why the staff is so excited about the new cafeteria.

"It's the foundation for them to come to work and be able to learn," she said.

Julie Hamilton, the co-director of child nutrition for Lamar County, said the new kitchen is equipped with modern tools to better prepare healthier foods.

"That allows us to shred vegetables such as cucumbers, bell peppers and other vegetables," she said.

Superintendent Ben Burnett said the reason for the new addition is to accommodate more students at one time.

"We have about 800 students or so between grades 6-12 and they all use one cafeteria," he said. "It has separate space for the middle school and the high school."

The project cost about $2 million.

"We had money that we had been putting back," he said.

The old cafeteria will be renovated and turned into classroom space.

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