ERIC Number: ED317605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Lunch at SAMS: A Cooperative Community and School Program.
Dewalt, Mark W.; And Others
The Lunch at SAMS program--an innovative lunch guest program for seventh graders--is described and evaluated. In this program, conducted at the Selinsgrove Area Middle School (SAMS) in Pennsylvania, adults from the community ate lunch with groups of seventh graders. The focus of the lunch guest program was to increase interaction between students and adults. A representative group of male and female professional and business people as well as individuals associated with the educational community were invited to be luncheon guests. One criterion for choosing guests was that each must be a person who either worked with or were known to have an interest in this age group of students. The session for each group lasted 45 minutes. Students met the guest in the school office, had a conversational lunch at a designated table in the cafeteria for 30 minutes, and spent the remaining 15 minutes in a quiet setting to bring the experience to a close. Twenty-three of the 27 community members who were involved in the program were surveyed; all requested to continue as participants in the program. Six teachers with students in the program were interviewed; all indicated that they felt positively about the program. Results from the survey of the 168 student participants at the conclusion of the program indicated that the program was very positive for them. For example, 66% of the students felt that they would like to participate in Lunch at SAMS again, and 77% of the students felt that seventh graders in the next year's class should get a chance to take part in Lunch at SAMS. Ten data tables are included. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Tampa, FL, February 13-17, 1990).