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At_USA May 20, 2014 at 08:00 PM
I'm confused - Where do you get the 305,000 number? I volunteer at the area food donation centersRead Morean d soup kitchen. We give away free food. I have friends and neighbors that donate food all the time. We have food stamps available from our local government. A box of cheerios is around $2.50 ($1.88 on Sale). Milk $3.50. Banana ($1.20 for five). Add them all up and that’s around $1.30 per breakfast. Again, please post the stats on 305,000 children going hungry in Virginia. One more thing to ponder….. In the 80’s we were told that our kids are anorexic, now they are telling us that the kids are obese.
Nick Arent May 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM
You are very right! There are many programs which are effective in reducing childhood hunger butRead Moreunf ortunately the issue still persists. Some people, especially children, are unaware of these resources or how to utilize them which is why we need to think about other ways to get the word out and make sure children are getting feed. Our number is a conservative estimate based on a combination of data from the Food Research and Action Center, (http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/va.pdf) and Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry (https://www.nokidhungry.org/problem/hunger-facts). New data has just been released though and Share Our Strength currently estimates the number of children who face hunger in Virginia is as high as 321,000, (http://va.nokidhungry.org/hunger-virginia). Ultimately though, if even one kid is going hungry, there's still work to do because kids deserve a fair shot in life. I would recommend taking a look at Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap", (http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx) for more information about the issue.
RGS May 08, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Yes, McLean deserves a Choral Group. Are other HS positions going Part Time too? Are Other HSRead Moreloosin g their upper groups? IF not, how are they making their budgets work?
Jennifer Legler April 01, 2014 at 08:56 AM
You are out of line and the parent of the student should know better. Fairfax Schools policy is as Read Morethey told you- follow the rules and it is easy. They are protecting the student.
Andy Seamans April 02, 2014 at 11:11 AM
First you state that you "got in a arguement with the lady in the office". Then you later Read Moreclaim that you were "banished from a place for calmly speaking your mind". If you were calmly speaking your mind, as you state, you were having a discussion. But, you said, "arguement". Which was it? If you were having an agruement you were not calmly speaking your mind. You wer argueing. The rules are there for the overall safety of the children. You were wrong. I am in Law Enforcement and even I could not pick up my own daughter from Marshall because my wife had failed to put me on the list. They had to contact my wife before releasing her. Get over it and grow up.
Mozart April 05, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Ben - the policy exists for a good reason (to keep students from being released, for example, intoRead Moret he custody of parents who may not have custody rights over their children, but who might seek to leave the area with their kids). These things happen and the laws in place are only intended to protect the students. It is not disrespect for you as a high school student. There are worse things in life than not being able to hang out at your old middle school, but if it really matters to you send a letter of apology to the front office. They might realize that there are a lot of McLean kids who spend many hours tutoring and coaching younger kids at Longfellow and that branding them as unwelcome at the school based on one verbal flare-up is an over-the-top reaction.
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