Should you ever find yourself in the increasingly rare position of having a free hour during a weekday morning, we urge you to consider putting it to good use by volunteering in the PS9 lunchroom.

Ms. Ravenell and her crack squad of lunch aides ensure that lunch happens—that our kids do actually eat something—but extra pairs of helping hands are always welcome, especially for kindergarteners and first graders. The size and noise of the lunchroom can be overwhelming for kindergarteners, given that they are used to eating lunch in the relative quiet of their classrooms; not being able to open a string cheese or carton of milk can quickly turn a happy lunchtime into an unhappy one.

Kindergarten and first-grade lunch runs from 11:10 to 12:00 a.m. (kindergarteners eat lunch first, while first and second graders have recess).

If you would like to give volunteering a go, please either attend the an orientation session on September 14 or 21, at 8:45 a.m. in the staff lounge, Room B34, downstairs next to the lunchroom. You can also contact Miles Champion at mileschampion@verizon.net or Ms. Jacob at cderrell@schools.nyc.gov. Volunteering in the lunchroom is largely common sense, but there are a handful of dos and don’ts that we need volunteers to be aware of.

It goes without saying that lunchroom volunteering is hard to beat, in terms of glamor, prestige, etc. Do give it a go, if you can; we think you’ll enjoy it, and it’s a great way to interact with students in the school environment.