I just got back from helping with the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at Handsome's school. So the teachers could enjoy their lunch, four of us volunteered to "transport" the kids to and from the lunchroom. Seeing as Handsome is only in first grade and has taken his lunch all but one day last year I was really unaware of how the lunch line worked. Lucky for me, all the kids were very helpful and coached me along.
The choices for the k-2nd graders was nachos or ham sandwich with the choice of corn or rice. The kids are lined up with bag lunches first, then choice one (broken up by side one or side two) and the choice two (divided by sides as well). I am amazed at the amount of kids that get school lunch. I don't remember it being like that when I was a kid. Maybe 3 kids (and sometimes none) brought their lunches to school.
The older kids were given the first two choices and a 3rd choice of BBQ chicken. Some classes go to the bathroom on their way back from lunch and some do not. One class had "monitors" within the class and boy were they all quiet. I'm not sure how one gets picked to be a monitor but 5 of the 25 kids had bright pink index cards and a pen and were instructed to write down the names of any classmates they observed talking. These kids weren't too popular when I went to school and no one volunteered for the position. These kids were serious. Clicking their pens in the direction of those talking, ready to write at a moments notice. One little monitor had written down five names and had multiple check marks next to some. I think it was a special thing they did since the teacher wouldn't be with them. It worked.
After we were done we were treated to leftovers from the luncheon. Steak, Chicken, Shrimp, Salad and Baked Potatoes, courtesy of Outback. Yum. I'm pretty sure at some point someone decided I should be on the PTA board or at least a committee. Most the board members will be leaving within the next year or two as their children will move on to the middle school. I figure I have 8 years before both my kids get through. I should have kept that a secret. It was nice to meet some new people and discuss everything from the new school opening, the stopping of transportation, and kids who travel to play sports to more personal stuff like affordable life insurance quotes (Insurance Salesman in the group) End of Year PTA Party, and Parenting stuff in general. I'm really glad I volunteered and look forward to doing more next year.