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Reader Response

Our audience speaks out on school lunch, joint-use agreements and using phones for lessons.

Eating Up School Lunch

I loved the recent article about districts serving healthier and more environmentally friendly meals (“The New School Lunch,” June/July 2009). As a rural school district in Colorado, Garfield Re-2 is leading the way in our state, with many similar initiatives. In fact, Andrea Martin, a New York-based chef, will be in our schools this year working with our kitchen managers and kitchen staff, training them on safety and nutrition, and working on new recipes. We will also have salad bars in all of our schools for the first time this year.

Theresa Hamilton,

director of districtwide services,

Garfield Re-2 (Colo.) School District

DA Helps in Joint-Use Agreement

I work for a city council member in Saint Paul, Minn., and we are working with a community task force to figure out a potential joint use for one of our neighborhood libraries. I’m posting Eamonn O’Donovan’s article “Creating Joint-Use Agreements That Work” (Principal’s Opinion, May 2006). It will serve as a resource for task force members in their work of rethinking the library’s use.

Samantha Henningson,

legislative aide,

Saint Paul City Council

Phones Keep Pupils on Their Toes

In response to a July 19 Tech Disruptions blog post, “Secretary of Education Duncan Speaks Positively About Cellphones in the Classroom”:

This past year, when any of my teenage students were absent from ballet class, I texted them a short but meaningful movement from class that they needed to work on for our next class.

One day three girls texted me that they were all “trapped” at school play auditions for several hours after school and didn’t know if they would make it to class on time. I quickly texted a different eight-count movement sequence to each girl that when put together would equal one 32-count/four-part movement. The girls distracted themselves by quietly collaborating, and each taught the other two her eight counts. When they came to class, we actually got more choreography done because they arrived knowing half of the day’s lesson.

Most parents have bought unlimited texting for their children because it’s all they do. I just made that work for our class.

Jan Duffy,

Atlanta, Ga.

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