While on break at work, I found a tattered Sharon Herald and read an article about free after school dinner to children who qualify for free (and I believe reduced) lunches. The article told of several states who have after school meal plans. I think the school had to have over 60% poverty level students in order to receive the funding. I thought it was a great idea. Especially when the someone for the program pointed out that we (as teachers) expect a lot of concentration and work from a child who may be more worried about whether there will be food when he gets home. By providing the basic three meals, perhaps we could see these students fill their full potential. There is opposition, but the only voice they used in opposition came from radio Jackass (at least I believe that is his full title) Rush Limbaugh who said something along the lines of "free meals! *hwahf haha oink* why even bother sending the kids home?" I can't imagine he has ever missed a meal, but maybe I'm the ass for thinking that we should take care of our American children in need. I can't think of too many times I've ever had to go without (if there was a single time I had to do without the basics), but knowing people who have makes me see this as a good idea. What are your thoughts on this?
After some searching I found the same article here if you want to read it yourself.