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Willmar schools stops practice of refusing meals to kids with no money in lunch accounts

WILLMAR — There will be no more tray-pulling in Willmar schools.

Students with no money in their lunch accounts will no longer have their lunch trays taken from them in front of their classmates.

“We decided we’re not going to take trays away from kids, and we’re going to work harder to try to get in touch with their parents,” Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard said Wednesday.

The issue came to light two weeks ago when a Willmar Senior High student sent an email to the Tribune. Then a question about school lunches on the Tribune’s page on Facebook prompted dozens of comments.

The Cardinal Care Fund will now be used to pay for meals so every child gets a hot lunch. The public may contribute to the fund by sending a check to Willmar Public Schools, Attention: Cardinal Care Fund, 611 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar MN 56201 or by calling 231-8526.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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