A side of democracy

"I was just like 'wow' when all these people were signing it because of me," he said.

Once he had the remaining 68 students' signatures, Mullin brought his petition to Dollard, proving that the majority of the fourth grade wanted french fries.

Dollard then consulted the district's nutrition specialist, informing her of the measures Mullin had taken to get french fries at Shaker Road.

"She was happy that the students made the request in a polite and respectful way," Dollard said.

And, after a unanimous vote, french fries were soon to become a frequent part of lunch for Shaker Road students-but not before another serious decision needed to be made.

The students were able to choose between plain curly fries, spicy curly fries, shoestring fries and crinkle-cut fries, Dollard said. Even though the whole school would be able to order the fries, Dollard said they left the decision of which kind of fry up to the fourth graders as well.

"After they learned that their petition had worked, we let the fourth grade kind of carry it," Dollard said. Curly plain fries won by only a few votes, Dollard said, although the school does plan to mix it up with other types of fries throughout the year.

"I picked shoestring, but I'm OK with the ones we got," said Mullin of the new fries that debuted at the school on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

While Mullin's first petition landed him exactly what he wanted, he is currently taking a break before petitioning for another item to be added to the Shaker Road menu. He said he is not quite sure what the next item he petitions will be, but fairly certain he will be exercising democracy again soon.""

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