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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 • Posted February 23, 2011


The place to get an education.

Especially at lunch time.

We learn to barter and trade.

Your ham-and-cheese for my tuna sandwich.

I’ll take your apple if you’ll take my banana.

We also learn to buy and sell.

Give you a quarter for those cookies.

I’ll take fifty cents for this piece of pie.

And we even share sometimes.

Some days we bring our lunch.

Made with love by Mom.

Everything tucked nicely in lunchboxes.

Or made by your grumpy older sister.

And tossed in a brown paper sack.

Some days we buy lunch.

Stand in line.

A lesson in orderly behavior.

Take a tray.

Keep moving.

A lesson in patience.

Cafeteria lady serves up the food.

Move on.

Grab utensils.

Grab a carton of milk.

Pay the lady at the cash register.

Don’t drop the tray.

Don’t spill.

A lesson in coordination.

Burrito with chili.

Seasoned corn.

Tossed salad.

Rice Krispie bar.

That was Monday.

Chicken Nuggets.

Mashed Potatoes and gravy.

Mixed vegetables.


That was Tuesday.

Mason ISD serves up a hot lunch (and breakfast) every day.

Give ‘em an A!

Because children from hungry homes miss more school.

That’s a fact.

It’s hard enough learning without a growling stomach and feeling faint.

Hot dog with chili & cheese.

Oven baked tator tots.

Pickle spears and carrot sticks.

Apple cobbler.

That’s today.

Grilled cheese sandwich.

Chicken noodle soup.

Mixed fruit.


That’s Thursday.

Fish strips.

Macaroni & cheese.

Tossed salad.

Orange smiles.

That’s Friday.

And that’s just this week’s Lunchroom Menu.

Feeding the future.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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