Great Ideas: Keeping Track of Lunch

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From the TCT archives: a simple DIY project to help track lunch choices

For a quick and easy way to take attendance and lunch count, I glue library-book card pockets on poster board and laminate them. I slit the openings, and write each student’s name on a separate card with an Expo marker.

Students make lunch choices by inserting color-coded laminated strips to choose from (1) main entree, (2) second choice, (3) lunch from home.

~ Submitted by Mary Markway  (at time of original publication, St. Peter School, Jefferson City, Missouri)

This great idea was originally published in our August/September 2009 issue.

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