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A Conshohocken School Rolls Out Local Chef’s ‘Eatiquette’ Lunch Program

(Local celebrity chef Mark Vetri, in yellow shirt, chats with students at AIM Academy during his "Eatiquette" program.  Credit: John McDevitt)

(Local celebrity chef Mark Vetri, in yellow shirt, chats with students at AIM Academy during his “Eatiquette” program. Credit: John McDevitt)

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By John McDevitt

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (CBS) — A local school for children who learn differently is offering a new approach to lunch.

At AIM Academy in Conshohocken, there are round tables in the lunchroom to promote conversation.   Student “table captains” are appointed monthly.  He or she gets to wear a chef coat and sets the table for the other students and teachers, delivers the family style meals, and orchestrates the cleanup.

It’s good, healthy food mixed with social skills that makes up “Eatiquette.”

Chef and restaurateur Mark Vetri (wearing yellow shirt in top photo) started the program.  He says kids learn about food, each other, and much more — and apply it to their everyday lives.

“We just kind of wanted to get away from the lunch line,” he says.  “And you are here at school to learn, so why do they have to stop learning during lunch?  You don’t have to.”

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(Student Joseph Carluccio is a table captain this week. Credit: John McDevitt)

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“We had lasagna, which was to die for, and then we had some lemon water ice, which was delicious — tart and sweet at the same time,” said ninth grader Joeseph Carluccio today.

At AIM Academy, the latest learning techniques are used for kids with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.

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