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School Lunch

metal lunch pail
Schools are often too far away from most students’ homes to make it practical to return home for lunch. In early American schools, students brought their lunches to school in a sturdy metal bucket, which might contain bread with jam or meat sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, and dill pickles. In the middle of the day school stopped for a lunch break, a time for students to eat while sitting and talking with friends.

young boys eating lunch in a school cafeteriaToday most students eat lunch in a staffed cafeteria that serves hot lunches. Some students still bring their lunch to school in a lunch box or bag. Nutrition is considered a basic ingredient to childhood development and readiness to learn. Accordingly, the responsibilities of schools have expanded to include federally funded school lunch and breakfast programs for needy children.


Then & Now:
  Bells
Blackboards
Books
Discipline
Flags
Furniture
Heating
Homework
Lighting
Pens, Ink, and Paper
School Lunch
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Technology
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