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Extend Lunch/Recess in Michigan Public Schools

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This petition is to increase the lunch/recess time for Michigan Schools. Most of the schools within the county have a 30-40 minutes block of time for recess/lunch. The petition is to propose 30 minutes of lunch time and 30-45 minutes of recess time each school day.

The longer time frame for kids will benefit both the children and faculty in the school. Most parents agree that the current block of time in the school day allotted for lunch/recess is incredible ridiculous. In a 7 hours day of work, an adult is at least guaranteed a 30 minute lunch. Children need at least that much time to eat and socially interact. In some of the schools, children are being rushed by lunch monitors to hurry up and eat and to be quiet so they can finish eating. Then, the children are not suppose to have any behavior issues as a result of being rushed....impossible. Put yourself in the shoes of these kids and imagine your supervisor standing over your shoulder rushing you to hurry up an eat so you can get back to your desk to get back to work. We need to do better for our kids and for future generations.

The benefits of longer recess is documented in the link below.

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/longer-recess-strong...

The benefits of better nutrition for kids is documented in the link below.

https://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/h...

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