40 students at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School in Edgewood, Kentucky weren’t served lunch last week, because they had a negative account balance on their pre-paid lunch accounts. I’m assuming it’s actually the accounts of their parents. Yesterday, a Good Samaritan paid off the 56 dollars owed. No point in me going into it too much—just click here to read more about it.
Back when I went to grade school—yes, of course, it was decades ago—this type of thing never was a problem. I went to elementary school in Allensville, Indiana. That’s only a few miles from East Enterprise. Still lost? Think small towns around Vevay, Indiana. If you still don’t know where I’m talking about, get a map.
Anyway, school lunches weren’t a problem back then. Why? Because school lunches were free. If a student wanted an extra milk to go along with lunch, it would cost that student two cents to get it. That was the only cost involved with those lunches. And the cooks at Allensville Elementary School were known to be excellent cooks. I’m a kid who ate those lunches, so I can vouch for that. Parents liked their food too. There would be annual dinners (with a cost) to help raise money for the school.
I know. I’m getting off the topic here.
Perhaps I’m an idiot, but I still think school lunches should still be free. Raise tax dollars and let those tax dollars pay for it. R.C. Hinsdale Elementary is located in Kenton County, Kentucky. I live in Kenton County. I’ll vote to have my taxes raised for this. Will you? Let the debate begin.
Or maybe just make this simple. If parents won’t want to pay for their kid’s lunches, let the kids brown bag it. There shouldn’t be any debate on that, but what the hell do I know?
(Image from Komonews.com)