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    Chapel Hill organization, CHALT looks to bring change to local politics

    Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town (CHALT) was formed in 2015 by a group of citizens who were unhappy with the policies of their town leaders. These individuals believed they would be more effective in expanding their beliefs if they formed a group with a specific platform. Two years later, CHALT has used their political and organizational experience to help elect four new Chapel Hill town council members. A self-described “grassroots” organization, CHALT is neither a non-profit nor a political action committee. It is organized by 10 people who form the main leadership group. CHALT has about 100 key members who attend regular meetings and about 1400 people who…

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    Town of Chapel Hill innovates with summer lunch programs

    In schools districts across the country, more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. However for many families, even a reduced-price meal can present an insurmountable financial burden. Unfortunately, many school districts across the country use the practice of “lunch shaming” to encourage these low-income families to pay lunch fees by punishing their children. Branding students with stamps that read “I Need Lunch Money,” forcing students to clean cafeteria tables in front of their classmates, and strapping students with bright wristbands are just a few of the many humiliating tactics employed by districts looking to bolster revenue. In some districts, school cafeteria…