heh, remeber the term ‘latch-key kids’?? i was one of the originals – before any kind of phrase to describe it had been created.
when i was in grade school, i had to go home for lunch since we lived close enough – only those that had to take the bus to/from school were allowed to eat in the lunch room. i dunno what the distance cut-off was for being qualified to take the bus – no one was more than a mile and a half from school to begin with (so no need, really, for bussing at all). on a rare occassion (usually when it was extremely cold/snowy) the ‘walkers’ were allowed to bring lunch with and eat in the lunchroom.
anyhoo, standard lunch was pb&j on wonder bread. or oscar mayer bologna with kraft sliced/wrapped american cheese with mustard on wonder bread. always had a glass of milk – sometimes plain; sometimes chocolate. some kind of fruit was standard as well. sometimes would have chips or frito’s or pretzels, too. if mom was home (she wasn’t usually if as she usually worked) i’d get grilled cheese or maybe soup.
come high school (and had to take the bus cuz it was miles away) i still had the same sandwiches daily – just weren’t freshly made. fruit was still a standard – either in the brown bag or i’d buy something at the counter. would get some chocolate milk at the counter, too. once or twice a week i was allowed to buy lunch instead of carting it with me. that would be on pizza day usually.
once i was old enough to have a job, i rarely brought lunch with me…had the funds to buy lunch daily, so i did. each day was something different and the cycle of what was offered was two weeks long, iirc. only constants every week were pizza on friday and french fries on wednesday (or maybe it was tuesday).
even though i didn’t eat lunch at grade school, we still had recess and could buy some snacks and milk during that. snacks were pretzels (made daily and delivered while still hot, yum!) they cost a nickel and were a dime by the time i was in 8th grade. candy as the snack was only offered on fridays. milk was a nickel the first couple years and then moved to a dime somewhere around 3rd of 4th grade. was a dime when i was started in high school…i remember it being a big deal when it went up to 15 cents!
*raises hand* i remember no a/c in the classrooms!! not in grade school or high school. even the local public schools didn’t have it. at some point, the offices (at the grade school) did get it. although, not at the high school. i don’t think they had the offices with a/c until my senior year and, even then, not all of them had it.