School Breakfast and School Lunch at Washington-Lee High School Arlington, Virginia

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FOR MOTIVATION: Feds Want to Know What’s in Your Child’s Lunchbox
As students head back to school this month, parents should be careful what they’re packing in their kids’ lunchboxes. Thanks to new USDA guidelines resulting from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, certain items are now considered national security threats in schools. Schools can no longer provide sports drinks, sandwich cookies, or even cheese crackers without suffering the wrath of the federal government. This is yet another result of the federal government’s attempt to legislate national policy that has broad, sweeping effects and harms those that the government was trying to help.

FOR INSPIRATION: Gov. Jindal Sues Feds for “Forcing Common Core” on Louisiana
This week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the federal government over Common Core implementation. Gov. Jindal, once a supporter of the Standards, said, “The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core Initiative…Common Core is the latest effort by big government to strip away rights and put Washington, D.C., in control of everything.”

FOR FUN: Local Labor Day Events
If you’re staying in your hometown for the long weekend, check out some great local Labor Day events happening near you. In the city of Cleveland you can find an Oktoberfest, festivals galore, and even a County Fair. Head down south to Atlanta and you will find festivals, concerts, and even opening weekend for College Football. You can also check out this helpful guide from USA Today with a look at what’s happening nationwide, including wine open houses and food festivals.

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