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No Charge Policy at Gallia Academy High School

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Melanie McDonald

Wilmington, OH

#1 Jan 23, 2009
I did not realize until yesterday that in America, and specifically in Gallipolis, Ohio, we had a "no charge policy" for students who do not have enough money on their cafeteria lunch account! I was appalled when I learned that my 7th grade grandson had his lunch tray taken from his hands by the cashier and directed to go to the closed lunch room and sit while his peers around him ate their lunches. He was both humiliated and hungry. President Obama campaigned that we all need to "reach across the aisle." Could not this cashier or a cook reach across the counter and serve a student a sandwich and a cup of milk for the day? American sends hundreds of thousands of dollars globally to feed the children; we locally support food banks and church drives to fill food banks. But yet in our own school systems, we allow a "no charge" policy? That is deplorable! We need to change that policy. I am curious: Who out there has had a child, grandchild or know of a child who was turned away from a meal due to this policy? And who out there knows of a staff member that "bent the rule" and had a servant's heart and fed a child? Who out there knows of other staff who turn their head and let a child go hungry or discriminate among students by feeding some and not others? This happened at Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis, Ohio, an Applachian area of the state. We are already an afflicted community. Do responsible adults also have to throw hot salty water on an open wound? I am just so upset that my grandson endured this type of treatment, and that any student has ever suffered this inhumane act or ever will after this. There has to be a way to change these "no charge" policies and I intend to find that way.
Lucy

Conroe, TX

#2 Jan 27, 2009
A no charge policy is also at River Valley Middle School. If a student tries to charge they are told that they can not have a hot lunch they can only have a peanut butter sandwich.I also know that at Addiville elementry the same rule applies.All I can tell you is to make sure that you teach your grandchild to care about others if you do not then he will grow up and act the same way. The teachers around this co. only care about pay checks not your child or how your child feels.
Student from GAHS

Bidwell, OH

#3 Mar 8, 2009
They are not that strict here as I charge my lunches all the time. They are only that strict if you charge, charge and never pay. If you are so poor then you can fill out the proper paperwork for free and reduced lunches, which a lot of us do, unless you or your kids are to lazy to do so.
Anonymous

Norfolk, VA

#4 May 1, 2009
I agree. There are programs in place to pay for those that can't. By the way, do you know where that money comes from? It comes from those of us that are paying for our lunches and those that can't. How about teaching your child the meaning of hard work and dedication.
lynn

United States

#5 May 1, 2009
Melanie, I am so sorry your grandson had to be humilliated in such a way. This should not happen to a child in our country.Yes we can send millions to other countries,which is good, but we need to take care of our own as well. Please tell your young man for me, that he is special, just as so many of our young people are. Maybe he will help to make a better world. That is what I tell my own grandsons. God Bless you and yours!
OMG

Point Pleasant, WV

#6 Jun 26, 2009
while I send at least two dollars a day with my child to school for lunch their are children who do not have a parent or someone to give them lunch money. So what should be done while the student is at school with no money for lunch.
as a parent as a human give the child lunch like everone else. if you as a teacher or cook at the school see the same kids daily are not able to pay then why do you not help the child and parents. it takes a entire comunity to raise children my god listen to the student reply- the reply is complaing about paying for a co-students lunch. Why is everyone so in fear that they might have to spend a little more because someone else can not pay at all? What is wrong here This is what RVMS, RVHS, Addiville, Gallia Academy students your community your childs co students. Just because you or your family might pay a little more to help some one in need you are not happy Now do you see how that sounds. My god people we all need help at some point get over it and lets raise children in this community together.

Since: Jul 09

United States

#7 Jul 17, 2009
for what you put up with in the school systems, all schools should furnish ALL meals to everyone free
BasicFactspeople

Point Pleasant, WV

#8 Jul 25, 2009
Gallia county schools are a joke not all children learn the same way. We need to teach life learning skills along with busy book work that is just memorized by the students and long forgotten by the next class. food should be the least of the schools worries better worry about what you r teaching the students cause in case you did not notice you as a county school system are producing some god awful adult grads!!! take a look around This is not how you do it Gallia County Local!!!! it is easy to sit back and not voice your views and opinions I for one will not keep my mouth shut any more. when I see the school and any one affilated with the school doing the wrong thing I will take it to ohio Department of Education myself. All I can say is teach our kids right and trust me memorizing facts on a daily basis is not teaching children to think on their own. Right is right and Wrong is wrong and that goes for everyone. admit when you are wrong and quit trying to cover it up what is that teaching our kids? GETTACLUEPEPll
WOW

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Jul 27, 2009
I don't know where to begin. First off, no one should be obligated to give anything to anyone for free. If you want free, go to China or any other communist/ socialist country. We, American citizens, work for our living. For everything that one gets for free, it's those of us working that have to provide it. That's right, someone pays. Why is it fair that the people who learned "book work" should have to foot the bill for those who only wanted to learn "life skills?" "Life skills" will get you a job in Gallipolis, Ohio. The only job market is at the local Wal-Mart or McDonalds. These jobs will most likely need some of my tax money to suppliment their income because they have decided to reproduce. Reproduce with no money, home, or source of income. I for one am grateful that I paid attention to the "book work" and was able to get out of southeastern Ohio.
wow2you

Point Pleasant, WV

#11 Aug 7, 2009
WOW wrote:
I don't know where to begin. First off, no one should be obligated to give anything to anyone for free. If you want free, go to China or any other communist/ socialist country. We, American citizens, work for our living. For everything that one gets for free, it's those of us working that have to provide it. That's right, someone pays. Why is it fair that the people who learned "book work" should have to foot the bill for those who only wanted to learn "life skills?" "Life skills" will get you a job in Gallipolis, Ohio. The only job market is at the local Wal-Mart or McDonalds. These jobs will most likely need some of my tax money to suppliment their income because they have decided to reproduce. Reproduce with no money, home, or source of income. I for one am grateful that I paid attention to the "book work" and was able to get out of southeastern Ohio.

Just because you left the community does not mean you are a success. By leaving you are part of the problem intead of contributing to your hometown with your "book work" knowledge you run scared out of the community. You should be less self absorbed and want to set an example of success with your "book work " education . I have a wonderful job right here in gallipolis ohio one child and a wonderfull husband of 12 years. Right here in gallipolis Ohio a five bed room house two dogs and a cat! House car truck all bought right here in Gallipolis Ohio. Success in this town can be if you are smart enough to know where to apply for a job. Wall mart and McDonalds are only two places in this town you probably did not know we have a Hospital,Schools,post office,several nursing homes, Job and family services, any one smart enough can apply for a very well paid job, but that is just it you have to have "life skills" AKA common sense which as we can tell you do not with all your "book work" you are a disgrace to this community.we are glad you left .
bob

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#12 Aug 12, 2009
It is the parentís job to educate their children. Thatís the problem. Most people think putting your kid on the bus is your only function. A kid learns more from their parents than any school. So Gallia County turn off American Idol and give your child the skills necessary to succeed in life.
who is in charge

Point Pleasant, WV

#13 Aug 13, 2009
I totaly agree that parents need to teach their children. it is very hard to teach your children to think for themselves the way they are taught in schools. just memorizing facts does not teach understanding the facts. This is why some children are labled gifted and others are labled average. I know i have done my job as a parent when my child comes home from school and questions me about the teachers way of teaching. I just worry so about these teachers in this Gallia County school system. telling children that they must not be paying attention because they do not understand how to do the skill the teacher is teaching. I know that keeping a childs attention is probably hard but the way some of these teachers are running their classes is a shame. I hope change comes soon smart is not memorization smart is understanding. The ability to apply what is learned to a life situation is smart.
GAHS Mom

United States

#14 Aug 18, 2009
My son has ran into the problem of the "no charge" issue at Gallia Academy. It is not that we can't pay or that we are too this or too that. Come on people, do we really have to start with the finger pointing? The problem we run in to is...I pay for 4-6 weeks at a time with a check. My son being the forgetful child he can be with all of the things going on in his life...sports, friends, homework along with chores at home...sometimes forgets to say, "Hey mom, I got a couple of extra things from the cafeteria and I am out of money early." He is not allowed to charge. He has told me that it really depends on the person working. Sometimes the worker is sympathetic and just reminds him to tell me. Sometimes they don't give him a chance and his friends chip in to get him fed until I get a check in again. I don't want a hand-out, I just ask that others working with our children have some sort of understanding and empathy.
NH lunchlady

Durham, NH

#15 May 14, 2010
take responsibilty for what is yours parents pay your bill and yes everyone forgets once in a while and I'm sure skipping a lunch reminds him and you not to forget again
NH lunchlady

Durham, NH

#16 May 14, 2010
hick03 wrote:
for what you put up with in the school systems, all schools should furnish ALL meals to everyone free
and for what the school employees put up with from your lovely children what should we get for free????
cat

Bidwell, OH

#18 Jan 30, 2011
Umm I charge all of the time?
Mee

Chicago, IL

#19 Feb 1, 2011
NH lunchlady wrote:
<quoted text>
and for what the school employees put up with from your lovely children what should we get for free????
Your wages come from state taxes that people in this state pay so shut up you work for me not the school so shut up and do your job
Lol

Dayton, OH

#20 Feb 1, 2011
As a teacher, I have seen students suffer for their parents not paying for their lunch. My first year of teaching I bought a student a lunch and then, the next week, the parent called me to see if I could cover her child again. It is nit a teachers responsibility to pay for a students lunch. I highly doubt they took his lunch and made him sit by himself because it is a law that they have to be fed (penut butter sandwich). I am tired of people blaming teachers for everything parents need to take responsibility. Teachers spend thousands of dollars of their own money a year to provide materials that students don't bring to school (I've went through about 100 boxes of pencils). Apply for free or reduced lunch and stop blaming the school system for your child not eating or better yet pack his lunch.
lmao

United States

#21 Feb 1, 2011
I think school lunch should be free to everyone
tiffany2012

Canal Winchester, OH

#22 Feb 1, 2011
At south gallia that aren't strict about lunch charges at all, pay when you can and as long as you pay eventually than you are fine.

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