“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs

This food for thought is just one of the inspirational quotes on display in Ball High School’s recently renovated cafeteria. 

Jennifer Douglas, Galveston ISD’s Director of Child Nutrition, worked with The Edu-Source Corporation to give a face-lift to the space. The new cafeteria highlights Ball High School’s four magnet communities: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM); Biomedical Engineering and the Medical Professions; Media Arts and Digital Technology; and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  

“We not only did the design element,” Douglas said, “but we also got to go into education. We were able to bring in the business students to teach them how to plan a budget and the legality of bids. We also incorporated Melissa Rekoff’s interior design class, and they came in and gave great suggestions and ideas.”

The cafeteria also boasts a jumbotron assembled out of four 80-inch televisions that display daily menu offerings. Students in the Media Arts and Digital Technology Academy, under the direction of Mike Dudas, also use the screens to showcase student-produced content from the Tor Nation Crew. 

Construction for the overhaul began on July 24 and was completed on Aug. 18. The new color scheme resembles Starbucks, and, similar to the studying sanctuary, has areas for groups to meet and outlets in the adjacent commons area to charge electronics.

“They only have 30 minutes for lunch to relax, and we want them to have the best environment that they can,” Douglas said.

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Erin Jensen is the communications specialist for Galveston ISD.

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