Today, here, at our school we are celebrating the International Day of Peace. We will have a peace circle with our parents and teachers and we will talk about what makes us peaceful, about what peace means when we are alone, and what peace means when we engage with others. It will be fun!
Well, for today’s lunches, we have, Sophia S., Anabelle and Camila.
Sophia’s lunch is composed of many parts – in fact, today it includes all of her all-time favorites. Let’s start with her sandwich, a vegemite and butter sandwich on sourdough bread (her favorite, her mother told us). Vegemite sandwiches are a staple in Australian children’s lunch boxes. They are the Australian equivalent to the US peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Have you ever tried one? She also has three slices of salami, for protein, sliced cucumbers, raspberries – and one Tim Tam, because every lunch box needs mostly healthy food and occasionally a treat! (Tim Tams are an Australian biscuit.)
Anabelle has Macaroni and cheese today, with peas and turkey hot dog, and strawberries for dessert. This is a typical American dish. Her family shared a fun fact about this dish: July 14th is National Macaroni and Cheese Day and is also Anabelle’s Papa’s birthday!
We will finish our week at NeverSeconds with Camila’s dish! As you can see we come full circle – we saw empanadas on Monday, and that’s what Camila has for lunch today.
Camila’s mother sent some more information about empanadas: they were first made in Spain and Portugal. They were portable and filling meals for working people. They were carried to Latin America by Spanish and Portuguese colonists. Camila also has apples, as her treat.
And so, from New York, we bid you all farewell! But Martha, NeverSeconds and Mary’s Meals will stay with us. Martha reminded us that you don’t need to grow up to change the world, you can start at any time!
Paula, Keri, and the students of JAM