thanks Norma. The floresent lighting does nothing for the picture quality as I mentioned to you.
communist: Thanks. I find my work very rewarding and I am continually thankful for a brain that works within normal function. I wish I had enough money to break from schools and open my own little pizzeria/bakery and employ the kids I work with. Public Schools are a mess of paperwork, 1 size fits all, and making my setup work is often an exercise in frustration. An example is this. We were originally allowed to sell to the student body throughout the day but the school cafeteria shut that down. They said we were threating union jobs because we were selling so much. I replied I thought schools were about kids learning not union jobs...... So now we are allowed to sell our pizzas and baked goods for 5 minutes after the 3rd and final lunch period. We sell upwards of 100 items in those 5 minutes. We could easily take over the cafeteria and make real food. Now it is all frozen precooked, canned, bottled, and just reaheated by the cafeteria. Nothing, and I mean nothing is made there, and not one kitchen worker knows a thing about cooking, just reheating. They generate a dumpster of carboard boxes and cans a day preparing food for the entire district and a couple other neighboring ones (about 10,000 meals a day). Our little set up makes more mess than all of their production because we use flour, sugar, eggs, etc..... . This years biggest challenge is delivery. I have no other adults in my room and our van can only hold 6 students (I have 14). Plus each delivery takes upwards of an hour and we have several a week. That amount of time out of the kitchen shuts all production down and I really have to push to get things done. We receive not a dime of funding for our program. All our materials, equipment, maintainance, clothing, towels, licenses, etc, have to be paid out of our profits. Even if I used our profits to pay for a driver we could not do it because it is a union shop that will not even entertain the idea. I am sending wishes out to the universe for volunteers to appear to help with deliveries. I have contacted retirement homes and such with no luck so far. Jesus said don't go to well, but go to the sick. Oftentimes I feel like I go to the sickest of the sick working in public schools due to their lack of imagination, creativity, and endless state/federal rules that must be followed to receive funding. Ours is a very poor school with over 75% of kids on free lunch. The kids keep me coming back but if we hit the lottery, we play $5/week, I am out of there and will open my own universe! Walter