CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Don't mess with the lunch staff at Mountaineer Montessori School.
The program is run, profitably, by the fifth- and sixth-grade students at the school.
One student met a habitually tardy delivery person at the front door of the Kanawha City school.
"She said, 'This is not acceptable,'" teacher Darlene Spangler said, smiling. "They are serious about this. They fired the vendor because they got tired of calling to remind them."
The food comes from area restaurants -- chosen by the students with prices and contracts negotiated by the students as well.
"The fifth- and sixth-graders survey the other students to decide what types of food are wanted," lead teacher Mary McKown said. "They listen to the comments, and they change the vendors or the choices from favorite vendors three times a year."
Elena Pomponio, 11, and Lillian Maxwell, 11, described the offerings.
"Monday, we get Creperi Café. Tuesday, it's Main Kwong. Wednesdays and Fridays are Husson's Pizza, and on Thursdays we serve 'Annie's Homemade Mac and Cheese,'" Pomponio said.
"It's made here at school by our teacher, Mary McKown," Maxwell added.
Cheese pizza is the most popular, with 50 to 70 students ordering the item each Wednesday and Friday.
Sixth-graders Joe Anderson and Sam Jenkins help with the program.
"We deliver the food to the classrooms," Anderson said. "It goes to the juniors and the primaries," he said, describing the different age groups who eat the hot meals. Students who do not order from the lunch program pack lunches. There is no cafeteria -- students eat in their classrooms or in an outdoor picnic area.