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Student leads drive for Baxter salad bar

By Lauren Maxwell 7:14 PM April 10, 2014

Students at Baxter Elementary School are eating a little healthier these days  thanks to a new salad bar.

But some of the credit also goes to the student who made it her mission to bring the salad bar to her school.

Salad bars at the elementary level are unusual in Anchorage. A two-year pilot program is paying for about a dozen of them to go into Anchorage schools, but Baxter Elementary was not on the list. Fifth-grader Emily McKenzie turned that around.

“I’ve kind of seen that if you want something, try and do it yourself,” Emily said. “I thought, ‘I want this, I have people who can help me, why not do it?’”

That attitude is no surprise to anyone who knows Emily, especially her teacher, Billy Fish.

“Emily knew that people wanted this, even if they hadn’t talked to anyone else about it, they talked to Emily,” Fish said. “She got the petition, she went from class to class and she got people excited. She got the whole school behind it and made it happen”

A slew of volunteers help to keep the salad bar running, but Emily is in charge of scheduling, training and just about everything else. She said the best part of the experience has been that she has achieved her own goal but also shown others that they can reach theirs, too.

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