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School Lunch Programs

The National School Lunch Program makes it possible for every child in the United States to have a nutritional and balanced meal on every school day. The school lunch programs that they implement reimburse all participating schools in efforts to safeguard the health of the Nation’s children. Children are provided with more than 1/3 of their Recommended Daily Allowance of key nutrients.

More than 99,800 schools participate in assisting children in need by offering a school lunch program. They can be a public school, a non profit private school, or a residential child care facility in order to qualify for the nationally funded benefits. On a typical school day, more than 18 million children receive a free or reduced price lunches.

Eligibility for receiving the benefits of a free or reduced lunch program are determined by the parent’s income. Household income must fall below 130% of the national poverty level to receive free meals or between 130% and 185% of poverty to receive reduced price lunches. However, aside from showing proof of income, there are several other ways that a family can become eligible. If the family is receiving food stamps or some other forms of financial assistance, they often automatically qualify. Also, children who are homeless, migrant, or runaways can be placed in the program by a professional judgment, without having to compete an application.

Even the idea of a starving child is hard for most people to think about. Fortunately, our government has established the National School Lunch Program to help. In addition to providing kids with a nutritional lunch, our government also supports programs for free breakfast and free after school snack to those who qualify in participating schools.

What Makes a Good Science Project?

Some of the best science projects can be ripped directly from the daily news headlines. This week alone, there are many news articles relating to the anniversary of the landing on the moon, the Apollo 11 mission, and even dysfunctional space toilets. Any of these articles could contain great information or ideas on astronomy or solar system science projects. The toilet articles could even be used to explain engineering science projects or force, motion, and simple machine science projects.

There are always good news information on diseases such as cancer and HIV, new drugs associated with these and other diseases, or health and fitness articles which may be used for ideas on cells, heredity, and genetics science projects or Human Body, Health, and Nutrition projects.

But, what makes a good science project? There are many contributing factors to being able to have a good science project such as:
Purpose of the Science Project
Level of the Science Project
Availability of Materials Needed for the Science Project
Time Needed for the Science Project

Click on the link above for detailed information on what makes a good science project.