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Cafe Celebration at Lawrence Middle School

Lawrence Middle School Celebrates the Reopening of  New Cafeteria with Music and New Menu Concept


LAWRENCE, NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2021) —Lawrence Middle School recently celebrated the reopening of its newly renovated cafeteria and its new menu concept, Yard Bird Chicken. Student musicians performed at the celebration. Guest Chef Tony Distefano from Whitsons Culinary Group introduced the newest menu concept, which is crispy or grilled whole-muscle chicken breast served on a brioche bun with homemade dipping sauce, pickle chips and seasoned fries. This new menu concept will be served at Lawrence Middle School and Lawrence High School as a menu alternative on a regular basis, twice a week.

 “Introducing Yard Bird Chicken and listening to music from our talented musicians was a great way to celebrate the reopening of our brand new cafeteria,” said Dr. Ann Pedersen, superintendent of the Lawrence Union Free School District. “Watching our middle school students enjoying their lunch and interacting with one another in their home cafeteria was so amazing and heartwarming.”

 The Lawrence Middle School Cafeteria went under renovation in October of 2020, and students have been receiving their meals from the high school up until this reopening. The middle school students can now enjoy their brand new cafeteria along with this quarter's new menu concept.

 “The students couldn’t stop talking about their delicious lunch,” said Beth Drayer, director of food services for the Lawrence Union Free School District. “I’m so glad that Yard Bird Chicken kicked off the reopening of their cafeteria and made such a great impression. There will definitely be more to come soon!”

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Photo 1: Sixth-grade students loved the chicken sandwich and french fries.



Photo 2: Guest Chef Tony Distefano and Director of Food Services Beth Drayer smiling in front of Yard Bird chicken sandwiches.


Photo 3: Lawrence musicians performed for the grand reopening of the middle school cafeteria.