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#1 Posted on 31.10.03 1030.26
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I don't suppose any other wieners in the NY area listen to Curtis and Kuby in the morning...

Anyway, one of their topics this morning was how some schools in NY have been utilizing the Federal Govt's free lunch program to increase their coffers. Apparently, the more students that are signed up to recieve a free lunch, the more money the school receives. So schools are doing what they can to enroll as many students as possible in the program (regardless of economic need) in order to up the amount of money they can spend. Since school's can't bribe or kickback the money to parents and families who have no reason to sign up for this program, schools are finding other ways, such as awarding prizes to the students based on the number of people they enroll, to entice students. One school (I think in Westchester) was offering a prize where two WWE Superstars would come to the school if the goals were met. Unfortunately, when they started talking about the WWE, I lost my signal and got static. I did hear them say that one of the stars was Trish Stratus (pronounced STRAY-TUS by Kuby), but it sounded like they said the other star was 'Heel', and for the life of me, I can't think of anyone who's name sounds like that. So I'm just wondering if anyone else knows anything else about this.

Edit: I should also add that (if I recall and heard correctly), the appearance had been cancelled. I think it was because parents didn't like the involvement of the WWE product (and the violence and sexuality it promotes), as opposed to anyone having any issues with the nature of the program.

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#2 Posted on 31.10.03 1509.21
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Schools do receive more ai for a student on free or reduced lunches. Alot of districts in Western Kansas have over 50% of the students qualifying. No it isn't a scam, that's how bad things are in the heartland. And it isn't just signing them up, there are criteria and the school must verify the need.

Out here we ahve a program that buys clothes at Christmas for underprivileged kids. We have 380 students and usually need to but for 60 kids and could buy more if the parents would let us. All that economic recovery has bypassed alot of rural America. Funny thing is, almost everyone works. Kansas has a low unemployment rate. The job pay sucks and there are almost no benefits.
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#3 Posted on 1.11.03 1232.30
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This actually isn't the first time I've heard of a connection between WWE and school kids' nutrition.

A couple of years ago, when I was producing a morning TV news show, the CNN feeds had a reporter's story on the "got milk?" people having WWE workers push milk. Specifically, I remember the rather-new-to-the-WWF Dudley Boyz (who I *think* were working heel back then) methodically talking about how opening a carton of milk, drinking it, and crushing it was "hardcore."

I couldn't resist putting that on TV.
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#4 Posted on 2.11.03 0401.08
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Well, here (newsday.com)'s the original article, where Curtis & Kuby probably got the news from. Apparently, the "heel" superstar was supposed to be Maven. (His website lists him as "a heel"??? I need a link...)

Apparently, the deal was that whichever school had the most students sign up for the free lunches, then Maven and Trish would visit for a day, and the principals of the top three schools would win a weekend at a Manhattan resort. Unless these school's serve a largely low-income population (which I guess is possible), something doesn't seem right about all this...
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#5 Posted on 2.11.03 0426.02
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    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    Apparently, the "heel" superstar was supposed to be Maven. (His website lists him as "a heel"??? I need a link...)


The website is http://www.mavenhuffman.com

I know the guy that runs it, and chances are the article took a little statement saying Maven was lobbying to turn heel and used it in the story.
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#6 Posted on 3.11.03 1259.37
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Reading EddieB Newsday article just makes my head spin

They could only find one woman to get an "outrage" quote from. A woman who refused to even give out her name to go with the quote!

Maven was a freakin school teacher. Trish was in university taking kinesiology for a few years. 2 educated people in the entertainment world. I seen first hand Trish does a lot of charity work, especially with disadvantaged kids (she was actually a spokeswoman to help raise funds for a sports facility for disadvantaged kids this summer)... That nameless mother (and others) really did a prejudge before even allowing the message of the individual to go through.

The bottom like I'm sure Trish, Maven or the WWE would really isn't too effected by this. The people that gets the short end are once again the kids and the whole program because they might have taken away some incentive from the kids... But atleast

Last paragraph of story-The WWE prize would have gone to one of the three schools with the most new forms filed. Each of the three schools' principals will win a weekend at the Millenium Hotels and Resorts in Manhattan, a $590 value. The staff member who helps sign up the most students will receive a $350 day spa package, while a student picked at random will get a bike. Parents can obtain sports club passes, while students can get autographed baseball memorabilia, CDs and more.

At least the adults get their perks. With the principal getting their $600 trip and staff getting their $350 spa treatment... I wonder if they are going to check through all the CD's to make sure there's no violent messages and sexually-triggered songs.

Wait a second, does this mean Governor Arrrnold can't visit NY schools?

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#7 Posted on 6.11.03 0351.06
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They shoulda sent Booger Bastion out with the lunches. That woulda learnt them poor kiddies.
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#8 Posted on 9.11.03 0444.13
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With all the criticism and retarded comments (not from you guys, from the critics of WWE's proposed visit), I felt it was necessary to write about WWE's community relation activities.

Two years ago, some students from my child's school made posters for a K-B Toys/WWE Get R.E.A.L. program poster contest. The WWE's Get R.E.A.L. (Respect, Education, Achievement and Leadership) Program promotes reading, academic enrichment, improved attendance and community service amongst students.

A few months after the poster contest, the school received a phone call from WWE offering to hold a special event to motivate students to read. This event was the idea of the WWE, not the school. They sent two wrestlers and they read to students and answered any questions students had about reading, not wrestling.

The WWE talent are role models to our children, and seeing WWE Superstars in such a setting as our school had a profound effect on our kids and really motivated them to read.

WWE doesn't get enough credit for things like this. Giving back to the community that supports them. This event was absolutely free and, instead of doing it simply for good publicity when they came in to tape SmackDown, the WWE specifically requested that we not contact any media or advertise it to anybody BUT our students.

For this school district to get in a hissy-fit about wrestlers visiting, is complete bullshit and, for once, people need to know the positive effect the WWE has on children.
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