What it takes to feed 200 kids, twice a day (better hope it's not a taco day)

Jan 29, 2014

Destiny Jackson sweeps up the remains of taco day during the fall at Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids.
Destiny Jackson sweeps up the remains of taco day during the fall at Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids.
Credit Dustin Dwyer

Tomorrow, on State of Opportunity, we’re airing a new documentary, called The Big Test.

To report the documentary, I spent six weeks in the fall following a group of third grade students at Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids. Congress has low test scores, and we wanted to know what you might miss if you only focus on those scores.

In my six weeks at Congress, I gathered far more audio than we'll ever be able to air. So today, as a preview to tomorrow's documentary, we bring you a sort of deleted scene.  

Almost all of the students at Congress Elementary get their first meal of the day here.
Almost all of the students at Congress Elementary get their first meal of the day here.
Credit Dustin Dwyer

It’s a glimpse into one of the most overlooked aspects of any school’s operations: The lunch room.

Be sure to tune in to the full documentary, The Big Test, tomorrow at 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. 

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