Happy Fall Y’all!!! That means we are gearing up to start our winter menu, I hope you have enjoyed some of the new items we have offered this new school year we will keep striving to find new and fun ideas for lunch!
If you haven’t gotten your Free/Reduced form into us we accept them all year long. You can send in another form if you have an income change (loss of income, new additions to the family, etc.) Fill out a new form and send it in never hurts to try. You can print one out, look for Free and Reduced Lunch App. www.usd417.net or pick one up from any USD 417 office.
If parents/grandparents would like to come eat with your child please feel free to do so, just let the office know by 9:00 the day of so the kitchen can be prepared.
See you in the lunchroom,
Food Service Director
Of all the preparation and practice devoted to the first home football game of the season, the most fundamental of all is the physical preparation of the football field. The custodial crew puts in hours caring for the grass and measuring and painting the lines, numbers, and hash marks.
Beginning in the spring, the grass on the football field must be regularly aerated, sprayed, fertilized, watered, and mowed . . . and mowed . . . and mowed.
In mid-August, Bunny and Jim Ehrlich begin to measure out the lines. “We have to find the pegs on each side and in the end zones and then we run lines (strings) between the pegs. These are then painted with a painter and then we measure where we are going to set the stencils for the hash marks and the stencils for the numbers. Then Jim paints the actual cross lines and out of bounds lines with a painter. I paint the hash marks and the stencils by hand with spray paint,” Bunny explained.
The initial measurement and painting is the most difficult because the stenciled numbers and marked lines have to be painstakingly measured the first time. “We repaint every week so we don’t lose the lines or numbers. I only have to carry the stencils with me the first time, and we only have to string the lines the first time unless it’s really muddy,” Bunny said. The practice field has to be painted as well, and it takes between three and a half to four hours each week to keep the fields freshly painted.
Even if the Braves don’t use the field because they are playing away, Jim and Bunny must repaint every week so they don’t lose the lines and have to measure everything out from the beginning again. If it’s sufficiently muddy and the field is torn up after the game tonight and youth football tomorrow, Jim and Bunny will have to start all over.
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