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VA- My kid's school gives the kids the option of taking home a snack in a brown paper bag. Usually fruit, peanut butter, crackers, juice, etc...

Kibs - I agree. I am always more than happy to feed the hungry. Tax dollars well spent indeed.

Fred - You are aware that many people cannot afford Private schools aren't you? I certainly couldn't when my kids were young. In fact, the public schools in my area were so bad, and private was (is) too expensive, so I homeschooled my kids--simple to insure they got a decent education NOT because of religion or political reasons. However, my decision is not for everyone. I had the option to work from home so had the time to make sure they learned. Someone working 2-3 jobs doesn't have that option.

In my area the school lunches are such empty calorie, cancer ridden crap that I always pack my kids their lunches AND send extra, healthy snacks along for them to share even though the school qualifies to provide free breakfast/lunch and snacks to all the kids. Before the schoolwide free lunch was available my kids would sometimes come home hungry because they gave most of their lunch away to a fellow student that had nothing to eat (proud of my kids for caring for others!).

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I can only speak for myself, but I'm not complaining. We have a good school system where i live. I think the schools feeding the kids is a good idea and my tax dollars well spent.

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All this complaining about public schools. Send your students to a private school where the academics and school structure are determined by the school and the students who go there. Public school is designed for the masses, not a small specific group and their needs. My parents didn't like the beliefs and academics in public school so they sent us to private school that taught their core beliefs. See simple problem solved and nothing left to comain about.

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Currentrider, his same philosophy is what fuels our local school district providing included breakfast and lunch. Hard to learn when you're distracted by hunger pangs. Most of the kids in our district live at or below poverty level. Our local schools are proud to be part of the IB program.

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VA,

In my community we have gone a different route from what you experienced in Ottawa. I live in a rural area with a lot of wealthy retirees as well as a lot of working poor. We have a completely privately funded program (run essentially by one elderly dynamo of a man), that provides free breakfast to nearly 100 kids (about a quarter of the school population). He expanded the program a couple of years ago to provide supplements to the subsidized lunch program (more than half the kids qualify for that program). The supplement, for any kid that wants it, amounts to a snack that is designed to be easily taken home. He then added a much more substantial package to the Friday lunches, to help through the weekend. He has recently added a program, in concert with the school district, to provide summer study skills camps on Tuesdays and Fridays where the kids get a meal and a large take home snack. Pretty much a thinly veiled way to get kids fed.

I asked this gentleman what his philosophy was as regards the program. He said simply that he didn't think hungry kids could learn effectively. And if some of the food ended up with hungry parents he didn't see how that could hurt. That's it.

For a thumbnail sketch of local politics, when the school system recently decided to explore adoption of the International Baccalaureate program, a significant group of locals railed against what they called a "thinly veiled UN sponsored communist plot to subvert raditional values" and threatened to home school their kids. We also have the highest rate in the state of parents "opting out" (don't get me started) of immunizing their kids. Despite this I have yet to hear even the crankiest political crank say a word against the school food program.

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Agreed!

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BLT, well said and on the mark!

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For once lately, we totally agree BLT. : )

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@DD: I hate to come off as combative but that "level the playing" field is a term that is total BS. People come from different backgrounds and they are a product of not only their home environment but life experiences. A child who has the opportunity to travel or who lives in an area where the schools are better due to the tax dollars in that area does have an advantage over a child who lives in a more impoverished area or perhaps their parents are not as well educated but if that child, in many cases, has an opportunity to be mentored or travel outside their normal environment, they may be able to achieve great things. Also, IMO, that level the playing field is code for relaxing requirements to infer that the person wasn't qualified but got into a school or whatever not based on the merits. That is what tarnished Affirmative Action and not just for people of color but in general.

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Oh yes, I know the goal to level the playing field intimately. I went back to school to study Early Childhood Education when my youngest started kindergarten. My pre-school lesson plans were rejected because they were too academic. We were to build communication skills but children were taught to recognize their symbol rather than learning their name or initial because not all children that age were successful and we were not to undermine their confidence. They also encourages us to campaign for universal education from birth because low income families as a whole didn't do a good job of educating their children and those children started school at a severe disadvantage.

It always kind of freaked me out because they practically talked about taking children away from poorly educated parents. Ironically, I qualified as one of those parents because I didn't graduate from high school because of illness. My children loved school and were excellent readers before kindergarten because I read to them, especially alphabet books. It's too bad that I couldn't do the same with the students in the University preschool.

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