Second graders at Trinity Elementary School have to wait until 1:00 PM before they can eat lunch. This is extremely late time for 6 and 7 year olds to eat lunch regardless of the time they have a snack. It takes Trinity 2 full hours to feed their approximately 867 children. This points to a serious overcrowding situation. We suspect that the reason they eat lunch at such a late time is due to lunchroom limitations.
To put it in perspective, it is our understanding that the largest elementary school in New Rochelle, Ward Elementary School with over 1,100 students, is done with lunch at 12:55 PM. Second graders at Ward are back in class before the second graders at Trinity have even started to head to the cafeteria for their lunch period. Although Ward has more students, its building is able to better accommodate them and is able to feed all the children in little over an hour. Trinity, on the other hand, finds itself spreading its lunchtime over a two-hour period. This is clearly a capacity issue. One can conclude that, physically, Ward may be as large as either middle school in New Rochelle. Lunches at middle schools are usually done by 1:00 PM. As a matter of fact, most people are done with lunch before the Trinity second graders eat lunch. Academic performance is directly linked to nutrition. We can’t imagine what the second graders feel like before they go to lunch. We do not know what is worse, to have to wait until 1:00PM to eat lunch or have to rush through lunch in 15 minutes. Neither can be healthy. What is going to happen next year (September 2009) when the City School District attempts to implements a full day kindergarten in all of the elementary schools?
Trinity/Ward Lunch Comparison
Sometimes, inequity is hidden in plain sight.
See Ward Elementary School’s Lunch Schedule below (This document is available in the main office at Ward School).