The following article is about a new lunch program in rural schools administered by Light of Love, an organization dedicated to rural health and education. This article consists of a series of updates on the implementation of a new lunch program at a given school district.
Winter break went by very quickly. On March 1, the school district where Light of Love works had its first school day. Throughout the holiday, the Light of Love team has helped putting a smile on many underprivileged students. This year, there are 55 children whose lunch is provide by Transparent Fish.
When school started, the staff told this good news to the children, whose faces became full of joy and happiness. They no longer had to eat cold food, potatoes, and rice dipped in spicy sauce every day. The school district approved paper work for the lunch program and preparations were set to begin at the start of the semester. Although the teachers were kept very busy, seeing the children’s happiness made each one of them as well as the Light of Love staffers very happy.
Being caught off guard
Yesterday, the funds had not arrived yet, but volunteers and staffers at Light of Love still wanted to get the kids to eat their first "love lunch" of the year. After cooking for the kids, we realized that there were many more students than before. Because of the short notice, the teachers and staffers decided to let the kids eat first. The staff had a lot of fun just seeing how much the kids enjoyed the food. Then, all the teachers ate some noodles. There were also a lot of parents who came out, all of whom were quite happy. The Light of Love community feels grateful for everyone’s help.
Changing the Way Students Eat at School
Due to an increase in the number of students eating at school this semester, it has become necessary to make some changes. If the lunch program continued our original setup (in which every table is set up beforehand), it will take a long time; and due to limitations in school funds, it is not possible to ask more workers for students service. Sometimes, the early dishes would get cold before the students arrived. Students would wait for too long, and our dining room being so narrow hasn't helped our cause.
To deal with this problem, staff and volunteers purchased more plates and utensils. After school, students will line up to get their food according to class number, and teacher will help them get the lunch. Today is the first day this new practice has been installed. The children are very polite. No one cut in line, and there was no bickering among eager students.
Original Articles: http://www.toumingyu.org/xuwang/story/8062/, http://www.toumingyu.org/xuwang/story/8064/, http://www.toumingyu.org/xuwang/story/8091/
Original author: Fu Wang; Translated by Tfish staff ShiShi Ma; Edited by EV intern Sarah Chang
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