User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


65° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Education

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Aberdeen Sixth Grader Voices Lunch Concerns

October 4, 2012, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Aberdeen Sixth Grader Voices Lunch Concerns
ABERDEEN, SD -

The new healthier school lunch guidelines have been the talk in school cafeterias across the country. One KELOLAND student decided to do more than talk; she took pen to paper and wrote Washington.

It earned her class a special visit.

"Dear Kristi Noem- I am Samantha Olson, age 11. I am a sixth grader at Roncalli Elementary," Olson read from a letter she'd written to Rep. Kristi Noem.

The new federal guidelines for school lunch aren't quite cutting it for Olson and her classmates. Their number one complaint is not getting enough to eat. That's what Olson told Noem in her letter. And that's what she and classmates got to tell her face to face Thursday.

"I just wanted to make like a change. Like, I couldn't learn or concentrate with anything. Like, if I didn't have food I couldn't concentrate at all," Olson said.

Noem visited the Olson’s class Thursday because of that letter. Noem says she's received a lot of letters about this topic, but not many from kids. Still, they're very vocal when she shows up to talk to them about it.

During Noem's Roncalli visit, students shared various concerns but the bulk of them simply boiled down to still being hungry after lunch.

And that's what Olson hoped to change as she signed off on her letter that eventually brought a congresswoman to class.

School lunch has become a campaign issue.

Noem's challenger, Matt Varilek, says Noem could have had input into the new school lunch standards had she shown up for a house sub-committee meeting in May. Noem says she was on official business that day, traveling to South Dakota for a National Guard activation ceremony.
 

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View education

You may also like

Sioux Falls May Have Found Its New Superintendent

3/31/2015 10:13 AM

Brian Maher confirmed with KELOLAND's Brady Mallory Tuesday morning that he was selected to replace outgoing superintendent Pam Homan on July...

Full Story
Siouxland Youth Football League Kicks Off In August

3/26/2015 4:55 PM

While many of us are swept up in the March Madness of basketball, others are preparing for the upcoming football season in the fall.

Full Story | Watch
Maher Looking Forward To Leading Sioux Falls School District

3/31/2015 6:20 PM

The Sioux Falls School District has selected its next superintendent.

Full Story | Watch
School of Mines Rated Best College Value in SD

3/30/2015 3:45 PM

A new study from SmartAsset.com, a financial data and technology company, says the School of Mines in Rapid City is the best college value in South Da...

Full Story
SD Regents To Consider 5.7 Percent Average Tuition Increase

3/26/2015 3:45 PM

Tuition and fees for South Dakota's six public universities will increase by an average of 5.7 percent for the upcoming school year if the state B...

Full Story


Events