ALEX ARCHER, Kennewick
How many parents of children who attend school in Kennewick School District are aware of the fact that if your child runs short or out of money in their meal account, they will not be provided lunch? This is true. This policy allows cafeteria workers to throw meals in the trash if the student makes it through the lunch line with a tray.
This happened to my sixth-grader. He was in line for lunch, took his tray of a sub sandwich, milk and oranges to the cashier. He was 35 cents short of funds, so the cashier told him he could not have his lunch and threw it in the trash, in front of everyone. He was humiliated and hungry. He did have enough money for a bag of chips, so that is what he had for lunch.
After a bit of research, I learned that this happens on a daily basis in all schools in the district.
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This is a parent problem, and students are being punished. It is not OK to allow students to be hungry at school. I thought schools wanted the best learning environment? Hungry kids do not learn to their full potential.