A number of letters have been about the Kennewick School District's free lunch program. However a letter on Aug. 10 caught my attention and my objection, particularly with its accusations of forcing entitlement mentality on the children who participate and an implication it discourages academic performance.
My daughter has participated in the program for four years. My wife and I are disabled, and she understands food stamps often do not last the month, despite our care and discretion. She is in the gifted program, and she understands her participation there, too, is a privilege and she must keep her grades up.
She worked hard this spring and summer with our gardening, gleaning and food preservation. We have told her that both food stamps and school meals were a gracious gift from taxpayers.
I was taught by my parents (who were teachers), teachers and professors of education (as I was trained to be a teacher) that parental involvement and example are crucial in a child's academic performance. I would say it is likely true for their civic perspective as well. I understand our situation is unusual, but I doubt it is unique. We work very hard to be sure our daughter does not believe she is entitled -- in any way -- at school.
JONATHON PRATT, Kennewick