School Lunch in Minnesota Schools
A recent report released by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid revealed that 46 Minnesota school districts have policies that deny students access to a nutritious lunch, if those students do not have sufficient funds to pay for their meal. Another 166 Minnesota school districts provide low-income students alternative meals, such as a cold cheese sandwich, when they are unable to pay the 40-cent copay required for a reduced-price hot lunch. According to the survey, Eden Valley-Watkins and another 96 Minnesota school districts (approximately 31 percent) will always provide a full menu-of-the-day hot lunch to a low-income child even if the child cannot afford the fee.
I can assure you, NO Eden Valley-Watkins student will experience the humiliation that takes place when a tray of food is pulled away in front of their peers, and then thrown in the garbage. We have a long-standing practice of providing a hot lunch to ALL students, regardless their qualifications for free, reduced, or full price meals. This does require more effort and accounting from our Food Service staff as well as effective and timely communication with families to get bills paid in a timely fashion. We believe a well-nourished child is better equipped for the demands of a rigorous day of instruction, and demonstrates heightened levels of engagement, concentration, and endured focus. Let’s continue to work together and invest in our children for a brighter future.
Don’t forget kindergarten roundup on Monday, March 4, at the following times;
10-11 a.m. Watkins Elem.
7-8 p.m. Eden Valley Elem.
The roundup will include an informational session with the parents and a get-acquainted session for the children. If you have friends, neighbors, or relatives with eligible kindergarten students, tell them that Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary School would love to be their education provider. If you are on our census list, you should receive a letter from the elementary office explaining kindergarten roundup in greater detail. If you have not received a letter or have any questions regarding kindergarten roundup, please call the elementary office at (320) 453-6455, ext. 2134.
Census information requested:
If you’re new to the district or recently had an addition to your family, please let us know.
Senior of the Week
The EV-W School District would like to recognize Ashley Huschle, daughter of Troy and Lindsay. Ashley admires her Grandma, Doris Thielen for her positive outlook on life. Ashley is currently enrolled in two college-level courses, actively involved with FFA as an officer, and competes on our state-caliber softball team. She’s outgoing, shares a positive attitude, and always shows her smile. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!