High-tech lunchtime

MASON CITY, Iowa – Recently schools in Chicago are trading in their punch cards at lunch for electronic payments, but this new feature isn’t necessarily new to schools in our area.

Students at Newman Elementary have been using this high-tech way of purchasing lunch for the past seven years.

Kids are given personal codes that usually consists of numbers associated to their address or phone number.

Yvonne Kenne, a Teacher’s Aid who works the lunch line says it’s been a lot easier since the change.

“I believe it’s much simpler and instead of punching the tickets, all I have to do is pushing enter,” said Kenne.

Kenne adds the system makes it easier to see their lunch balance online.

She also said she wouldn’t be surprised if one day it’s all done by just a finger print.

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