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In an effort to cutback on hours worked by cafeteria staff, HISD brought in union leader Orell Fitzsimmons who was shocked when he saw that they we feeding students pop tarts and animal crackers for breakfast. Houston Press blogger Margaret Downing covered this story:

Photo courtesy Orell Fitzsimmons

The upcoming cost-savings cutback in hours for cafeteria workers in the Houston ISD brought union leader Orell Fitzsimmons over to two HISD elementaries this week and when he looked in on the actual breakfast being served, he was not amused.

“Milk, juice, Pop Tarts and animal crackers!” the field director for the Service Employees International Union Local 100 announced at Thursday night’s school board meeting. “Can anyone defend this?”

That was at Looscan Elementary. At Montgomery Elementary where he visited on another day the breakfast was marginally better: a banana instead of the animal crackers. But then the teacher in the classroom he was in topped everything off with a special treat of her own — a Shipley’s donut for every child who finished his breakfast, Fitzsimmons said.

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