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Helmut Schmidt, Published February 07 2013

1 in 3 North Dakota students get a break on school lunches

FARGO – One in three North Dakota students receive federally subsidized free- or reduced-price school lunches, the state Department of Public Instruction reports.

About 32.5 percent of the 107,826 students enrolled in the state’s public and private schools were eligible for free or reduced-lunches as of last October, DPI reports. Of those, 27,968 received free lunches and 7,152 received reduced-price lunches.

The National School Lunch Program is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free- or low-cost lunches to low-income students.

Participation rates are high on or near the state’s Indian reservations, DPI reports. Among the highest are Solen Public School, 98.7 percent; United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, 95.9 percent; Selfridge Public School, 94.3 percent; Four Winds Tribal School, Fort Totten, 93.2 percent; White Shield Public School, 92.8 percent; and Circle of Nations School, Wahpeton, 89.3 percent.

In the Fargo School District, 29.9 percent of the 10,641 enrolled students received free or reduced-price lunches, DPI reports. In West Fargo, 30.2 percent of the 7,984 students were in the program.

The participation rates in Fargo schools are: Bennett Elementary, 37 percent; Centennial Elementary, 18.7 percent; Clara Barton Elementary, 28.3 percent; Hawthorne Elementary, 29.1 percent; Horace Mann Elementary, 33.3 percent.

Jefferson Elementary, 69.7 percent; Kennedy Elementary, 33.3 percent; Lewis and Clark Elementary, 39.3 percent; Lincoln Elementary, 44.4 percent; Longfellow Elementary, 6.8 percent; Madison Elementary, 79.3 percent; McKinley Elementary, 54.7 percent; Roosevelt Elementary, 29.3 percent.

Washington Elementary, 20.3 percent; Ben Franklin Middle School, 25.8 percent; Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, 46.3 percent; Discovery Middle School, 19.1 percent.

Davies High School, 15.6 percent; North High School, 20.4 percent; South High School, 34.9 percent; Woodrow Wilson High School at Agassiz, 34.9 percent.

For West Fargo Schools, participation rates are:

Aurora Elementary, 16.1 percent; C.A. Lodoen Kindergarten Center, 42.1 percent; Eastwood Elementary, 47.5 percent; Freedom Elementary, 25.6 percent; Harwood Elementary, 7 percent.

Horace Elementary, 8.8 percent; L.E. Berger Elementary, 47.9 percent; Osgood Kindergarten Center, 22.4 percent; South Elementary, 31.6 percent; Westside Elementary, 28.1 percent.

Cheney Middle School, 31.7 percent; STEM Center, 16.1 percent; Sheyenne 9th Grade Center, 28.5 percent; West Fargo High School, 30.7 percent.

Participation rates for other Cass County schools and districts are:

Enderlin Area, 47.1 percent; Mapleton Public School, 46.3 percent; Page Public School, 36.4 percent; Maple Valley Public School, 30.9 percent; Northern Cass, 16.7 percent; Central Cass, 15.9 percent; Kindred Public School, 14.9 percent; Oak Grove Lutheran School, Fargo, 8.8 percent; Grace Lutheran School, Fargo, 8 percent; Blessed John Paul II Catholic Schools, 4.9 percent.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583