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(Big 1059)   School: No lunch money, no band practice. Kids: Sounds like a win-win   ( divider line
    More: Stupid, Superintendent Larry Elliott, Ohio, school districts, Ohio school district  
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2013-01-30 01:50:40 PM  
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One of the things that my Grandma loves doing is going to the elementary schools and asking the principal to let her club cover school lunch for a few children that are 'just over the line' in qualifying for school lunch. She and her old-lady friends then knit, sew and make various crafts to sell at the arts festival, all proceeds to feed the children whose parents are 'working poor.' So far, they have 'adopted' twenty-one children, and hope to make it to thirty this coming year if they can just raise enough.

They also make presents for each child, and though the principal is careful not to reveal the names, they do get things like 'Girl, 6, loves blue,' or 'Boy, 11, fond of Transformers' and the old dears always manage to make some kind of wonderful scarf, hat or mittens for their honorary, anonymous grandchildren. I've seen scarves with Autobot logos worked in petit point and black-and-red mittens with little skulls for a child whose friends all had Hot Topic stuff and them none. They go to some pains to make sure each child gets something that will be seen as 'cool,' since these are all ladies who went without in their own youth and know too well the sting of not fitting in due to poverty.

I think they got the idea from a 'Dear Abby' column.

My siblings and I send money home to her when we can, to help with this, since she always sends us something beautiful and handmade whether we've asked or not. This past Thanksgiving, my husband and I sent a couple hundred dollars for the children and a present for Grandma herself, and she sent us these beautiful mitten-glove thingies, where the fingertips are open, but there's a kind of pocket that buttons onto the back of your hand so you can go from mitten to fingerless glove and back in the cold. I can only imagine how long they took to make, and she even managed to make me gray ones to match my coat and bright safety-orange ones for my husband.

And then, when I went home for Christmas, I drove past my old bus stop, and counted five children wearing scarves, hats and gloves that were unmistakeably the work of my dear, crazy Grandma's club. Children of the working poor, honorary grandchildren of dear ladies who show love with food and yarn.
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