Monday News: Free Lunches and Child Poverty, Fresh Watermelon Slushies, Models of Bilingual Education

Our Monday green news bring you the latest on nutrition, good causes and child education

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  • Can free lunches help fight child poverty in United States? According to the Kids Count data Center report released in June 2013,  approximately 23 percent of American children now live in poverty. For many of them, schools are the main source of food. Meals are either provided completely free or are very inexpensive. Such meals now include breakfast, lunch, snacks and even free backpacks of canned goods in states like Tennessee, New Mexico, Mississippi, Nevada and many others. Based on these facts the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided an extra $400 million to provide these kids with free meals even during the summer period. These meals are distributed by school buses bearing sign “Kids Eat FREE!”.
  • Watermelon slushies: Watermelon is not only ranked high for its nutritional and health benefits, but also is very refreshing, especially in the summer heat. If you want to make watermelon even more refreshing and keep kids away from ice-cream, turn it into watermelon shushies with two simple steps- just puree and freeze.
  • North Carolina school an example for bilingual education: Collinswood Language Academy has become a national model for its bilingual curriculum. Its students of various backgrounds now have a choice of education in both English and Spanish languages. Eighth-grade students that just finished their classes last month represent the first group which completed one of the most pioneering programs for bilingual education in the United States.
  • Law on racial diversity: State of Connecticut is one of a few states that forbid their schools to have big differences in racial structure among each other.

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