Chesterbrook School. The main entrance was at the junction of original
building (left) and new wing (right). Playground equipment in the
foreground. There was a cafeteria but I remember everybody eating lunch at
their desks in the classroom from their lunch boxes (Lone Ranger, Hopalong
Cassidy, Superman...) and thermoses whose glass liners would shatter on the
least impact. I supposed most people were too poor to pay for lunch. Later
on I did eat in the cafeteria; it was staffed by farm ladies who prepared
delicious home-cooked meals just like those served on the
. Once they made corn fritters and I pestered my Mom for weeks to
make them and finally I guess she tracked down the cook and found out how.
About lunches... A 1951 handout shows that the cafeteria served a plate
lunch; it cost 25 cents, plus 5 cents for milk (however I remember bringing
four pennies for milk each day). The school also had to start charging for
books due to the huge influx of new students, for which it had not received
commensurate funding. School started with first grade, in those days there
was no Kindergarten or Pre-K.