But... but... what about those appetizing chicken nuggets put forth as the standard American swill we’re feeding the next generation? Conventional wisdom says kids love that kind of 28-ingredient frozen deliciousness, and if you want them to eat at all, you better feed them tasty, chemical-filled treats. Won’t our kids turn Commie if we start encouraging them to eat vegetables and stuff?
Well, P.S. 244 has been vegetarian for three years, and... all the kids have survived! It’s impossible to say what kind of political beliefs they’ll develop, but so far their test scores have blown their peers’ out of the water, with P.S. 244 being named one of 335 Blue Ribbon Schools nationwide.
Principal Bob Groff, who’s run the school since its inception back in 2008, acknowledges that it's tough to tie nutrition directly to performance, but, "What we can say is that over the last three years, our attendance rate has grown each year... and what we’ve observed is [the students] don’t have that lag in energy after eating a heavy lunch or a sugary snack. We see a few different aspects we believe are related to this lunch."