There’s a new program at my oldest son’s school called Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) that encourages dads to come in and volunteer some time during school hours. Since I have a flexible schedule and I kind of like my kid, I signed up. It’s a good deal. I spend more time with my boy, help out in class, and provide a positive male role model for some kids who have to go without.
Here’s my problem.Part of the program means I get a ticket for free lunch at the cafeteria. Here are some examples of the entrees available at my son’s school:
- Palm-sized disks of pepperoni pizza.
- Chicken nuggets with tater tots
- Cinnamon roll with chocolate milk (this is breakfast)
- French bread with tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni
- Yogurt with a “granola mix” consisting mostly of Froot Loops, Cheerios and chocolate chips.
You can click here to visit a page where you can access menus in the top left corner. Ironically, it’s titled “Nutrition Services Offers Healthy School Meals.”
There’s an optional salad bar on the way to the entree line, boasting iceberg lettuce, cucumber slices and some bell pepper sticks. Drinks are milk, chocolate milk or fruit juice.
My question is very simple:
How do they expect students to succeed full of that much grease and carbohydrate in the afternoon?
It’s no wonder kids have trouble staying awake or sitting still during the second half of the school day. Where are the whole grains, the lean proteins? Where’s the freaking water?
I don’t know what to do about this, or even if I can do anything – other than have my kid start packing a lunch from now on. I once shared a plane ride with a reporter from Colorado Springs who was getting an advanced degree from Johns Hopkins just so school boards would listen to him about things like this. Makes me pessimistic about my chances.
Any black belts candidates out there who need an idea for a project?
Thanks for listening.