Lawmaker proposes making kids work for school lunches

By Jordan Early, jearly@wkmg.com
Published On: Apr 24 2013 07:50:36 AM EDT

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -

A West Virginia lawmaker is making headlines after proposing the idea of having school children work as janitors.

According to the Associated Press, the West Virginia House recently passed the Feed to Achieve Act. The school lunch bill allows nonprofits to solicit private donations to go toward providing every child with a breakfast and lunch at no cost.

But Republican lawmaker Ray Canterbury argued that providing students with free lunches would destroy their work ethic and show them "there's an easy way," the Charleston Gazette reported.

"I think it would be a good idea if, perhaps, we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it,"  Canterbury said during floor debate. "If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add, they may not learn to diagram a sentence, but they'll learn a more important lesson."

The Feed to Achieve Act now heads to the desk of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who is expected to sign it.

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