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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Overcrowding At NYC School Forces 8th Graders Into 9:45 AM Lunch... -

Overcrowding At NYC School Forces 8th Graders Into 9:45 AM Lunch... - 

One Queens middle school is facing the problem of having too many students and not enough cafeteria space.

It’s a predicament that has parents up in arms over whether it’s lunch or brunch their children will be eating before 10 a.m. each day.

I.S. 25 in Flushing is one of three schools jammed inside a building on 192nd Street.

The cafeteria there is being slammed by extreme overcrowding, prompting an extraordinary response to the lunch crunch starting when school returns on Thursday.

In a letter to parents, the principal at I.S. 25 wrote eighth grade students will begin their brunch at 9:45 a.m.

“Since they are students who rarely eat breakfast,” the principal wrote, “this will prove to be a good move.”

Beyond the suggestion that eighth graders rarely eat breakfast, the thought of kids being forced to eat a lunch of mozzarella sticks or pasta at 9:50 a.m. is not being well received in the neighborhood.

“That’s absurd I mean they have to do something that’s ridiculous I mean people are eating breakfast at that time,” one parent told CBS 2′s Steve Langford.

Paul Manuele has a son going into eighth grade at I.S. 25 this year and wondered how his child will cope by the time early to mid-afternoon rolls around on an empty stomach.

“That’s a long day and he’s not getting sufficient fuel,” Manuele said.

PTA President Lorraine Kosnar told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria she plans to give her eighth grader breakfast every day and that he won’t be hungry by 9:45 a.m., but will be by 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m.


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