Open Letter of Concern About Betsy DeVos

School Chalk Board

School Chalk Board

An Open Letter to Senator Toomey, (R-PA)
Dear Senator Toomey:

I grew up in a working class family and neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. I was the first in my family to get a college degree, made possible by the then free City University of New York system, an institution that enabled many working and lower middle class kids to achieve the American Dream. I have been an educator for 32 years, 25 of those at a public institution in Philadelphia (Temple University). During that time, I have enabled other kids, like the one I was, to reach, dream, and land higher than the place from where they came. But, now, that dream is in jeopardy. [Read more…]

Produce Marketing Association Salad Bar Donation

StudentsLetter to the editor

Hello, I am Garrett Koch.  I am 11 years old and in the 5th grade.  I go to John R. Downes Elementary.  Just about a week ago my school received a salad bar from the Produce Marketing Association.

My mom works for PMA, which is right down the street from my school.  I think it would be very cool if other produce companies locally would donate salad bars to other schools around Delaware so more and more kids have a healthy choice about what they eat for lunch like I do.

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I think the salad bar is a great addition to the school.  It has a lot of healthy fruits and vegetables, including my favorite, the tomatoes.  Plus with the salad bar you get part of the five servings of fruits and vegetables you need a day.  I do think they should add cucumbers to the choices of toppings.  Now I have a decision to make at lunch “do I want a healthy salad or a not as healthy food platter?”  Most of my friends get the salad. In fact, most of the kids in my school get a salad which is really amazing.  I think eventually more schools will get a salad bar in the future.

Garrett