Students at a Knoxville middle school have a new place to eat lunch.
Knox County Schools unveiled a remodeled cafeteria at Gresham Middle School on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
School nutrition officials say the previous service line set-up design was about 40 years old and inefficient. The new design moves the cafeteria from a single serving line to five. It also has different sections that include international cuisine.
They think this will encourage more students to eat a good, well-balanced meal at school.
"Number one, to improve the quality of the food that is being served and the way it's being presented to the students. Because we know that students always eat with their eyes first. The second thing we're doing here is we're trying to improve the nutrition of the students and improve the amount of students that eat with us and dine with us on a daily basis," said Jon Dick, Knox County Schools' Director of Nutrition.
School nutrition officials say there is a correlation between the number of students who eat a complete meal at school and those who perform better in the classroom.
Cafeterias at Bearden Middle, Farragut High and Sarah Moore Greene Elementary schools were recently renovated as well.