Skip to comments.Breakfast is served for students (An APPEAL for breakfast eaters in school district)
Posted on 12/13/2005 6:59:51 PM PST by goodnesswins
BREAKFAST IS SERVED FOR STUDENTS
Only a fraction of middle-schoolers in Auburn take part
Only about 10 percent of the students in the Auburn School District's four middle schools take advantage of the breakfast available at the schools each morning.
Nutrition supervisor Eric Boutin said the district wants to find out why and increase participation in the breakfast club.
If they aren't eating at home, he said, it is probable that they aren't eating at all in the morning.
And that's not good.
The link between nurition and doing well in school is well-documented, he said.
At Olympic Middle School, for example, 311 students qualify for free or reduced meals, including breakfast. But the school serves only 56 free breakfasts each morning on average out of a total 86 each day. The school has a population of 750.
Armed with a $3,000 grant from the Washington Dairy Council, Boutin said they plan to explore why more aren't eating breakfast and put together a marketing plan to interest students.
He doesn't think the problem is the food. Each morning students have a choice of 20 to 30 items to munch on.
Rolling breakfast cart
One option, Boutin said might be to bring breakfast to the students with a rolling breakfast cart.
Boutin said the cart could be stationed where the students get off the bus and a breakfast sack with lunch, juice, fruit and an entree handed to them if they want it.
All that would be needed is a handheld computer to jot down who gets a breakfast. Bouitinn said all students are on the computer.
Parents of those students who are not on free and reduced lunch can set up an account to deduct school meals. Breakfast is cheap at only $1, he added.
A grab-and-go breakfast, however, would mean bringing extra people on board to handle it, but Boutin said the increased numbers of students will increase funding for the program.
School policies on eating in classrooms also may have to be revisited, he added.
One suggestion to attract more students it to simply play the kind of music students like in the school lunchroom during breakfast.
Local celebrities such as the principal or a police officer also might be invited to have breakfast with students now and then, he added.
(This story first appeared in the King County Journal)
You can email the Superintendent.....Linda Cowan...see below
Because they don't eat at school it assumed they don't eat? Hint: some of us do feed our kids.
So, are parents supposed to be responsible for ANYTHING?
If these publik indoctinatocrats had their way, a child would be taken away from their parents at 5 years old to be housed, fed, medicated, and totally indoctrinated according to the dictates of their "professional organization" (read union).
Starting in September, our oldest began 10th grade, after homescool all the way til this. He alternates between bacon / toast (a la Dad) and a bowl of sugar bomb cereal and whatever else he can scarf.
The boy is as healthy as can be, At 16 he is 6'2"160#. Has had very little sick spells
Hey, it takes a village to raise a child. And unless these kids are taken away from the potentially conservative influences of their parents and placed under the care of the liberal Philosopher-Kings, how else will they become enlightened leftists?
5 is way too old. I think they would like them by 2
At two, they still may not be talking well, still sucking pacifiers, or not completely potty-trained. At two, some kids still like to be rocked to sleep or carried around when tired.
If the leftists wait until kids are five, most of those time-consuming tasks will have abated.
After all, leftist DON'T want to work too hard.
This is pure leftist thinking. A long time ago, my mother taught me this when young white college-trained (leftist) teacher began to come into black elementary schools (official segregation was ending). They ALWAYS thought the kids were hungry or something. My mom said, "You can't teach a child if you pity them. They may be eating the wrong things or at strange hours, but they are not coming to school hungry." These same misguided people are with us today. And make no mistake, the ones who put them up to this want to make all of slaves. They want to control everything you do, from what you eat, how much you eat, to how many times you can flush a toilet. Never be afraid to confront these people. Some are well-meaning but misinformed. Others want you on your knees in front of them.
Yeah but believe it or not, there was a discussion awhile back to get 2 y/os into head start.
If the school cafeteria food I've seen (and smelled) is any indication, I'm surprised it's that high. And to equate school food with nutrition; well, if that isn't a stretch, I don't know what is. Why is it that school officals think that all parents are deadbeats? Oh wait a minute, it's Auburn...
Yeah....I was going to put "commies" in the heading, but didn't....
Thus is why my children will NEVER see the inside of a publik skrewl.
Toasted cheese sandwiches are easy, fast, and healthy, especially if slogged down with some decent oj.
"School policies on eating in classrooms also may have to be revisited, he added."
Well, when I was a youngster (admittedly a long time ago) we always ate our lunch at our desks in school. A metal milk basket full of fresh cold milk cartons was brought to the room, and the teacher handed out the milk, and supervised the class.
All of us brought lunch from home, too. There were no school lunches provided. I would assume that today, a nutritious bag lunch could be provided by the school for those kids with parents too lazy to make a lunch.
This just can't be that hard a problem to solve, folks.
Yeah, but it's pretty hard to ruin toast, eggs, grits, etc.
LUNCH is where true school-food nastiness is on display.
Yes....I wondered the same thing about the "nutritional value" of a school meal.....I'm thinking maybe I'll stop in at one of our local schools here (Auburn)....I don't have any kids in school.
We decided that at 16, our oldest was ready for it. So far, so good.
The number two son is doing well in home, still.
My kids will not touch anything their school cafeteria puts out. They actually feel sorry for the kids who have to eat the lunches.
When the schools started taking on the task of solving societies problems rather than teaching kids, the whole system went to hell.
I DO think kids who eat breakfast at home and carry their lunches are healthier.
However did we survive our childhood when we had to eat breakfast at HOME before going to school. Where the heck are the parents?! Yes, I know the answer, and the answer isn't good.
IMO, you are absolutely correct, IF the parents are responsible enough to make sure that there is healthy food in the house for those meals.
Are you by chance a fan of Calvin and Hobbes?
My daughters don't like to eat breakfast. Sometimes they eat and sometimes they don't. However, I always have cereal, toast, or oatmeal on hand. If they don't want that,then they are basically on their own. It's like the old saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.".
If it's like the school we used to go into on occasion in Fulton, it'll gag you. Where we live now, not far from you if you live in Auburn, it's not bad. It doesn't have the stench, but there's not much of it and it's high in carbs and fat. Even my son, who will eat anything that isn't moving, has decided to take his own lunch after a few weeks of school cafeteria food. (This is his first year in public school, 10th grade.)
Have you heard about the California proposition to add preschool?
They have these awful commercials that if you didn't go to preschool then you are going to be at high risk of dropping out of high school and becoming a criminal.
Of course is it really preschool or is it the fact that poor people can't afford preschool.
Does this happen with children of families who can afford preschool, but choose not to send their kids to preschool?
Sounds like us. We homeschooled until we moved to a very small, very conservative town/village. Our oldest two are trying public school, the youngest, still home. So far so good. We got to them first; now it's a matter of if the school can handle them.
Our elementary schools lunches are not that great. It's just nice not to make lunches if my kids chose to eat at school.
My son just started middle school, and he loves the food there. He can get a cinnamon roll for breakfast or a snack, and they have pizza or quesadillas every day. He's super skinny so he can even eat the cinnamon roll every day if he wants to.
I agree. We homeschooled our children for a few years but they did attend public school in their teen years. They ate breakfast at home and always had a homemade meal sent with them for their lunch. They often told me that some of the other kids were jealous of their homemade potato rolls and moose roast sandwiches. LOL It wasn't until they were adults that they admitted to me that sometimes they traded their homemade goodies for "junk food". Ahhh, kids..... :)
That was the fun part of lunches as a kid. You could always swap something momma sent for something better.
LOL! Some things never change. I know that my son's friends thoroughly enjoyed coming to our house, and that was part of my mommy "plan". I preferred that our sons enjoy their social time here at home where I could keep an eye on things and I found that good ole homemade treats kept them and their friends very happy to be "home". I was one of those moms who made everything "from scratch". Homemade breads, cookies, pies, dinners...you name it, I made it. Even our pizzas and tortillas were homemade.
This is a cute story that I and my friend often laugh about. Although my friend also was a wonderful mother and enjoyed making things from "scratch" sometimes, they also did indulge quite often in storebought cookies, snacks and other treats. Well, we had just moved to our area and had recently met her and her family. Their youngest son enjoyed coming over to play with our boys.
Well, the year we were building our log home, I was using our camping trailer as a "camp kitchen" and still I insisted on everything being homemade. This young boy (10 years old) came for a visit one day on his four-wheeler and he was carrying a bag of food. In it were some storebought cookies, junk food, and boxed juices. I remember he told the boys he had brought some real food because he knew we didn't have any. ROFL! I always offered him homemade jerky, cookies, etc., but he was worried that we didn't have any "REAL food". That still just cracks me up.
Actually, my husband makes the breakfasts and lunches and they are quite healthy. (I call him the "lunch nazi", though, because he's so particular about making sure everyone gets the same amount of everything to the point that he counts grapes!)
Kids:'). I did buy a few "snacks" When they were gone, the boys would start complaining and asking when I was going to buy groceries. It was " there is nothing to eat" There was plenty of food. They just didn't want to cook or prepare.
Why does that not surprise me?
When my kids said they couldn't find anything to eat, I told them to "forage". There was ALWAYS something to eat and if they didn't want to cook or prepare, then they had to "forage". Bad mommy? I don't THINK so. LOL
I had an advantage there, CindyDawg. We live in "bush" Alaska and we don't have Pizza Hut, nor any other fast-food joint within 200 miles from here. Never heard of a "Schwan" man. Is that someone who says, "do you schwan-a-have a burger? lol
There's a brilliant statement. If they aren't eating at home, they aren't eating at school (since 90% don't), and they go nowhere else in between, where else could they eat?
I find it amusing when educrats talk about kids needing hot breakfast and hot lunch. I've packed a sack lunch since I was in college, and eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast. My son has done the same all through school. Neither of us is going hungry, trust me.
Another question -- if someone signs up for free breakfast & lunch are their food stamps reduced? After all, there is less of a need for food.
"food stamps reduced?" GOOD QUESTION! Probable answer: I doubt it!
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