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Make kids work to pay for lunches?

Posted by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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I saw this on a different website.   Several people suggested instead of the kids doing it, parents should have to work 8-10 hours a week at school to pay for it.

However, I do not think they should be free for anyone on the backs of the taxpayers.   Donations--cool. 



Ray Canterbury On School Lunches: West Virginia Republican Proposes Making Kids Work For Food

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:   |  Updated: 04/24/2013 9:53 am EDT

A West Virginia lawmaker floated the idea during floor debate in the state's House of Delegates of having school children work as janitors, the Associated Press reports.

The West Virginia House recently passed a school lunch bill on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis, by a vote of 89-9, according to the Associated Press. The Feed to Achieve Act would establish nonprofits to solicit private donations to go toward providing every child with a breakfast and lunch at no cost.

But one Republican suggested that was a misguided notion.

"I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it," Del. Ray Canterbury (R-Greenbrier) said during floor debate. "If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add, they may not learn to diagram a sentence, but they'll learn a more important lesson."

Canterbury argued that providing students with free lunches would destroy their work ethic and show them "there's an easy way," the Charleston Gazette reported.

"I'm offended anybody in this body would dare say a child has to work for their meals," responded Del. Meshea Poore (D-Kanawha), according to the Gazette. "I can't believe someone would say a first-grader, a second-grader ... a fifth-grader has to labor before they eat. This isn't an entitlement bill."

According to a 2004 report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, children in West Virginia [PDF] were almost twice as likely to live in neighborhoods with a high poverty rate, compared to the national average. The group also ranks West Virginia 47th nationally for education, with 79 percent of eighth graders not proficient in math and 73 percent of fourth graders not proficient in reading.

A national survey in 2012 from Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign found a majority of teachers report pupils coming to school hungry, which the group says makes it more difficult for students to concentrate.

Canterbury's suggestion was similar to a remark made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich during a debate in the Republican presidential primary, when Gingrich suggested making poor students become janitors at their schools.

The Feed to Achieve Act now heads to the desk of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who is expected to sign it.

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IhartU
by Gold Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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 INSANE. How about the kids concentrate on LEARNING instead of mowing the damn lawn on school grounds OR worrying about if they're going to get something to eat for lunch. It's a damn shame that prisoners are treated better than schools kids are.

 

 

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

They probably don't allow it but my siblings and I all worked in the school cafeteria in order to get free lunches. I don't know if we would have qualified for free lunches or not but I'm sure if we did, my parents would have never applied. I don't think anyone would let a 9 year old miss 45 min. of class and work in a kitchen anymore though. :)

rebeccasmommy09
by Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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It's not a child's responsibility to feed themselves; it's the parents responsibility. To even suggest the child work for their meal is just crazy.
katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM
That is insane. It always makes me shake my head when people wonder why kids act too grown too early, when there are stories like this!
talia-mom
by Gold Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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But is it crazy to suggest the parents have to do it?


And I went to HS with kids who worked at the school to cover their tuition costs that scholarships couldn't.


Quoting rebeccasmommy09:

It's not a child's responsibility to feed themselves; it's the parents responsibility. To even suggest the child work for their meal is just crazy.



krysstizzle
by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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No. Just no. 

I have a list of about a zillion other things I have issue with in regards to spending. Feeding children is not one of them.

Suzy_Sunshine
by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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This entire thing is INSANE.

Why are they asking charities to pay for every child's lunch? AND BREAKFAST?????

Has every child in West Virginia been orphaned?

If we have reached a point where we can not expect parents to feed their god damned children then we need to start raising children in state facilities. 

Suzy_Sunshine
by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Prisoners live in prisons. 

Children live with their parents. 

Quoting IhartU:

 INSANE. How about the kids concentrate on LEARNING instead of mowing the damn lawn on school grounds OR worrying about if they're going to get something to eat for lunch. It's a damn shame that prisoners are treated better than schools kids are.

 

 


IhartU
by Gold Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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Quoting Suzy_Sunshine:

Prisoners live in prisons. 

Children live with their parents. 

Quoting IhartU:

 INSANE. How about the kids concentrate on LEARNING instead of mowing the damn lawn on school grounds OR worrying about if they're going to get something to eat for lunch. It's a damn shame that prisoners are treated better than schools kids are.

 

 


 Yes, but it's perfectly okay to have tax payers pay for food, medical care, shelter and cable for criminals but it's not okay to have tax payers pay for the lunches of poor children?

 

Della529
by Matlock on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The Feed to Achieve Act would establish nonprofits to solicit private donations to go toward providing every child with a breakfast and lunch at no cost.

Perhaps the coal companies could donate.  Oh, but wait...they are 'FOR-PROFIT'.

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