It was the last school day before Thanksgiving, and Traughber Junior High's lunchroom crackled with adolescent energy and anticipation of a holiday break starting in just a few hours.
Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Oswego school were busy polishing off selections from a multiple-choice menu that included tacos, salads and chicken patties, and even a serving of turkey.
But when asked what the beverage of choice was, the students had a clear favorite.
"Chocolate milk," said several Traughber students scattered at different tables.
An estimated 75 percent of Traughber milk drinkers favor chocolate over plain, a percentage in line with a 2010 national survey that reported that flavored varieties made up 70 percent of milk consumed in schools.
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