Ross Montessori gets hot lunch and more |

Ross Montessori gets hot lunch and more

CARBONDALE ” Hot soup and intergenerational bonding are on the lunch menu at the Ross Montessori School, where hot lunch just made its debut.

You won’t find flavorless pieces of square pizza here, just plain ol’ good food courtesy of the nearby Heritage Park Care Center.

School administrator Mark Grice said that after many months of trying to provide Montessori students with hot lunches, the school’s efforts paid off Monday when the Heritage Park kitchen staff provided piping hot soup, ham and cheese sandwiches and cake for $3 per plate.

The lunch was part of a test project with Heritage Park in which the nursing home will provide a hot lunch for Montessori students only on Mondays.

“We wanted to have a hot lunch program from day one,” Grice said. “The problem is that we didn’t want to charge a ton and didn’t want to have square pizza and stuff like that. We wanted to have healthy food.”

So Montessori officials called up Heritage Park, which provides senior meals in Carbondale.

“We said we’d try one meal a week and see where it goes from there,” said Patrick Raab, Heritage Park executive director. “So far, so good.”

Grice said he hopes the hot lunch pilot program will expand to every day of the week.

Besides good soup, a perk of the program is that students will be able to get to know some of Heritage Park’s residents, Raab said.

On Monday, some of the residents visited Ross Montessori to help celebrate the school’s first hot lunch and to be a part of the school, Grice said.

Raab and Grice say they hope some of the students will soon visit Heritage Park. “It’s good to get young people to get to know the older generation and what they’re like and share experiences,” Raab said. “It’s just being part of the community.”

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