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Nearly One Fourth of American Children Live in Poverty, So Why Are Schools Trashing Their Lunches?

When many children are food insecure, for any school to intentionally inflict hunger is indefensible.


What would be the instinct of any normal adult faced with a group of hungry children? To feed them, of course. Especially adults entrusted with the care and well-being of children, by virtue of their employment in a public school. That's why what happened in Utah last week is inexplicable. A cafeteria nutrition manager (a stunning oxymoron), fed up with students' overdue balances on lunch accounts, went to Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City and "seized and trashed" the lunches of about 30 students.

According to Jason Olsen, a Salt Lake City District spokesman, the child-nutrition department realized some students' families had outstanding balances on Monday, but the department's manager wasn't able to notify the school until after lunch had been served on Tuesday. So the department did what any humane, understanding person would do: They snatched the meals from the children and threw them in the trash.

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A Digital Time Capsule Will Archive the Websites 21st Century Students Find Relevant

The Internet Archive and the Library of Congress are creating a collection of websites that represent the modern student experience.

How will future generations know what websites 21st century students accessed and considered critical to their lives and learning experiences? It turns out the archeologist of tomorrow won't be digging up a time capsule from someone's backyard. Thanks to the K12 Web Archiving Program, a three-year-old partnership between the Internet Archive and the Library of Congress, students at 14 schools in 13 states are creating digital time capsules of the sites they believe are representative of the modern student experience. In the process, these student curators are also learning valuable critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving skills.

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Intermission: The "Wave at the Bus" Dad Dressed in Costume For 170 Days

Utah dad Dale Price set out to poke fun at his teenage son. Now he's the most embarrassingly awesome father ever.

Two big thumbs up to American Fork, Utah father Dale Price, also known as the "Wave at the Bus" dad. Price dressed up in a costume every morning of the school year—all 170 days—and then headed outside to wave goodbye to his son's school bus. Price says it started out at a joke on the first day of school to embarrass Rain, a high school sophomore with a 4.0 GPA, since it was his first year riding the bus, and things just snowballed from there.

Indeed, Rain was initially embarrassed by his father's antics, but soon, he and his bus riding classmates, grew to love the costumes and looked forward to seeing what creative outfit his dad would wear next.

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Map: States and Their Food

Rhode Island and coffee milk, Idaho and potatoes. A map of all the states and their most relevant food items.

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Where Is Four Loko Banned?

Four Loko is finally drawing the attention of the authorities. Where can you still get it?

Four Loko, the caffeinated alcoholic beverage that is putting people in the hospital around the country, is finally drawing the attention of the authorities. This is where it is banned, or will be banned. If you're interested in (responsibly) experimenting with it, avoid these states.

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