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TEXAS COLORED SCHOOL
ST. GEORGE, DORCHESTER COUNTY, S. C.
By Mrs. Connie P. Howell
County School Lunch Supervisor
The Texas Colored School, located
about 5Y/ miles from St. George, in Dorchester
County, is a three-teacher school
with an enrollment of 92 and an average
attendance of 72 children. Sixty-five
percent of the pupils enrolled participate
in the type B lunch. This is a representative
number because transportation is
not provided and therefore the attendance
is naturally not very good in bad weather.
Government commodities donated during
the year which include 24 boxes of fresh
apples, 3 cases of butter, 5 cases of
cheese, 14 bags of Irish potatoes, 3 cases
of honey, 16 cases of peaches, 11A cases of
tomato paste, 5 cases of tomatoes, 10
cases of nonfat dry milk, 2 cases of peanut
butter, 8 cases of applesauce, and 5
cases of pears have had far-reaching value
in improving the quality of the lunches as
well as reducing the cost per pupil to 5
cents per meal.
By planning the daily menu around the
Government commodities, needy children who
otherwise would not get lunch are fed and
the cost td the paying pupils is reduced.
The average monthly Federal cost is $35.
The lunchroom is a clean wooden frame
building a few yards from the school house
and can accommodate 50 pupils. A large,
army-range, wood stove is used for cooking.
This unit has large aluminum-covered pots
and baking pans for cooking. The serving
utensils are crockery ware, and the eating
utensils are stainless steel.
The school district trustees have
been contacted about improvements for
additional seats and tables. These improvements
have been promised in the near
This unit has been operating since
1946 and has been self-sustaining. There
has been no aid from county or district
funds. The P.T.A. has been very active in
promoting the program. Two or more
patrons cook daily. The patrons have purchased
wire and fenced in a part of the
school grounds for a year-round garden.
They take care of the garden and can the
surplus foods in summer.
The school lunch program at Texas
School is a part of the school's teaching
program as well as a project for community
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM BOOSTS
SCHOOL LUNCH PART I C I PAT I ON
A Report from Hayden High School
When the Hayden High School opened in
September, it was observed that too few
pupils were participating in the school
lunch program. Our records revealed that
we had a membership of 793 pupils, and
that only an average of 85 were eating a
hot lunch daily.
The school administration and faculty
soon recognized that here was a challenge.
After several meetings and group discussions,
it was decided that a committee
would be appointed to work with the Lunchroom
Supervisor in planning meals and
other lunchroom procedures.
The first step was to have each
teacher in the elementary and high school
departments plan with the pupils a unit of
work on foods. This unit of work was so
designed that all pupils had an opportunity
to gain an understanding of the values
of a well-balanced midday meal. The administration
had the lunchroom enlarged so
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United States. Department of Agriculture. Production and Marketing Administration. Participation of Negro children in school lunch programs., book, June 1951; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6225/m1/15/: accessed February 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.