heard a story in the news today about schools feeding kids breakfast in the classroom during the morning… many think this is a great idea. on the one hand, i think it’s great that kids are getting fed – there are many who probably don’t have much food at home, and there are those who have poor parents. apparently, the schools doing this are reporting that the kids are performing better – higher grades, better attitudes, more organized, etc.
so free breakfast is given out to all students in the morning during class… across the board all students. then of course, there is the reduced/free lunch program. this one is income based and the family has to apply for it and prove need. ok. great. kids need to eat and if they aren’t being fed at home, then they are being fed at school.
i’m not a hard-ass or anything… i swear. and i know the kids are innocent beings brought into this world totally dependent on their parental units to care for them… basic life needs… and somehow that isn’t happening for many children. BUT….
food stamps… many of these families are getting food stamps or some other form of aid to buy food. AND they are getting free/reduced lunch at school… AND now they are getting free breakfast too….
so at what point do the parents have to take responsibility for feeding their kiddos? at what point do the parents have to use their food stamps to provide 3 meals a day for their kiddos?
i don’t mind the programs… i swear i don’t. but my taxes help pay for food stamps, and my taxes help pay for food in the school system. so these kids are being double-fed, double-counted…. and you know what? there are many, many days that i eat ramen noodles, or mac & cheese, or cereal…because after all the taxes and other bills there isn’t always enough money left for me to have 3 rounded meals a day… most days i don’t get breakfast, lunch, and dinner…. i’m not looking for pity… and gawd knows i’ve got enough blubber to take me through the great depression on nothing more than some milkweed and water…. but still….
i guess i just think that these parents who are receiving food stamps to feed their families should maybe actually FEED THEIR FAMILIES… is that wrong of me? i know families who are getting between $700-$900 a month in food stamps… and getting free breakfast & lunch at school too? something seems a bit skewed in this somehow.
ok, i’m carefully stepping off the soapbox now… don’t want to fall as i make my descent ha!
it was a sort of busy weekend. well, okay maybe it only felt busy. or more accurately – it felt short.
i dispatched saturday morning… helping to fill in the shift. then just as soon as i was off work it was off to the football game. we lost again… eek. we only have one more regular game – should’ve been two more games but the last team folded a few weeks ago. our guys will be in the playoffs. the league takes the top 3 teams from each division for playoffs. now, i don’t think we’ll get more than the first round in, but hey, better than nothing lol
coach got pretty upset saturday when he heard that a rumor was started about how the coaches at LBJ quit their jobs. it had to have started with someone at the school…. i thought about it for a while and the only thing i came up with is that there maybe someone at the school feeling some sort of backlash after firing 5 coaches… i know for sure there are some students/athletes and parents pretty darned upset about it… so the way i figure it is that in an effort to keep the peace and maybe spin a positive light on the new guy, they said the coaches quit… that would put it back on those 5 coaches instead of the new guy for firing them. i just can’t come up with any other reason why someone would go around saying they all quit.
we are waiting to hear back from the coach in edinburg but it is still looking very positive. we thought maybe this week we’d get to go down there for some facetime but it is TAKS testing week right now so not the best of times to be traveling.
took a few pictures around the “backyard” yesterday….
and last but not least, i was asked to make a baby present for someone. i’ve just about got it all done but i can’t post it til the gift has been given… so here is a small snippet of what i’ve been working on: