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  •  If it is done correctly (2+ / 0-)
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    Karl Rover, cai

    there is no way the other kids should know the lunch status.

    In my daughter's school, the percentage is 75%. I was ostracizing her by sending a lunch with her, because all the other kids in her class bought lunch at the cafeteria.

    I had a delicate conversation with her one day because she had charged a month's worth of breakfasts. I was surprised and asked her about it; the other kids had told her it was free. Of course, for them it was.

    I was fine with that and paid the bill, and I ended up just explaining the nature of accounts to her and that their meals were paid in a different way.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 11:48:29 AM PDT

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    •  Have you never been poor? (0+ / 0-)

      There is no way to do it correctly. Everybody knows your status about 24 hours after you go on the list.

      Now your daughter knows which kids are "poor," doesn't she? And everybody knows your daughter is not "poor," don't they?

      American schools are not "nice" places to be now, if they ever were.

      Wake up, America and smell the Coffee. It has been "use the poor to make political points" and "balance the budget on the backs of the poor" for a long time now.

      If they poor ever truly got how their poverty has been used to further the interests of crooks and liars, they would rise up like Samson and bring down the Temple that is "democracy in America."

      I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

      by CherryTheTart on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 12:16:40 PM PDT

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      •  Everybody doesn't. (2+ / 0-)
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        CherryTheTart, cai

        It's actually much weirder and more complicated than that, especially here.

        But now my daughter has a prepaid account for lunch, just like they do. And everyone is happy.

        Well, my daughter is still grumpy that she doesn't have a cell phone. She doesn't get that her friends have cell phones because their parents are divorced and/or because they don't live in the same house every day.

        The trappings of money ebb and flow in the strangest of ways.

        It's far from perfect, but having the free/reduced lunch program is a lot better than not having one.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 02:23:43 PM PDT

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