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Who qualifies for free, reduced-cost lunches

Schools try different tacks to collect on lunches -- one stamped childrens' hands

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In early December, some young students from Win-E-Mac School in Erskine, Minn., returned home with their hands stamped.

It was a reminder to their parents that their lunch accounts were delinquent. Win-E-Mac had tried phone calls, emails, letters and even home visits, but found those efforts not effective, according to Superintendent Randy Bruer.

About a dozen of the school's 430 students got the stamps.

"It's amazing how quickly they responded," Bruer said.

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