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that more pupils could be seated in the
lunchroom at one time, and arranged the
schedule for lunches in order that similar
age groups would be together. This we
felt would create a better social grouping.
In the high school department, the
homemaking teacher, the biology teacher,
and general-science teacher, together with
their pupils, made charts and posters for
the entire school. Through chapel programs
and classroom demonstrations these
charts and posters were used as a part of
the better lunch campaign.
As a result of the techniques and
procedures used, the lunches increased
from an average of 85 pupils to an average
of 130 pupils daily, for pupils have
gained an appreciation of what the lunchroom
does for them. More pupils feel they
have an important part in the school
lunchroom program. Pupils also enjoy the
opportunity of socializing in the lunchroom
during meal hour and learning to eat
IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF THE PUPILS
THROUGH THE CAFETERIA '
A Report from York County, Va.
The York County Training School is
located in an industrial area. The majority
of the families work in Government
plants. The school has a total enrollment
of 320 pupils (elementary and high school).
At the opening of school, the ninth
grade homemaking class found many health
problems, that needed to be worked on.
From facts revealed through observations
and a survey it seemed advisable to try to
improve the diet of the pupils.
Since the pupils had learned that unbalanced
diets were one of the main causes
of poor health,. they started checking on
the types of lunches eaten by the pupils
in the school. It was revealed that only
72 of the 320 children were drinking milk.
The class compiled lists of all
children by grades and posted them in the
proper classrooms. A gold star was placed
beside each pupil's name who drank milk.
A graph was drawn which indicated the
present number of pupils who drank milk
and how the chart would look when everybody
in the room drank milk.
An original play entitled "Health Is
Wealth" was written by the ninth grade
girls and presented during assembly. The
importance of drinking milk and eating
well-balanced lunches was emphasized in
A letter was sent to each pupil's
parents giving the value of milk and insisting
that the parents make provisions
for and encourage the pupil to drink milk.
All pupils in the ninth grade homemaking
class drank milk daily in the lunch
room. They felt this was one means of
encouraging other pupils to drink it.
Lunch tickets were made in the shape
of a plate, with a plate and a milk
bottle imprinted on it. A contest was
sponsored among the classes. The class
with each member drinking milk at lunch
time on a particular day received a free
lunch for each pupil the next day.
This project was conducted for 6
weeks. During that time the sale of milk
increased from 72 bottles to 120. Every
effort will be made to continue to increase
the sale of milk and the plate
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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/m1/16/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.