Jumpin' Jacks opening day beats school

Friday, March 27, 2009
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Jumpin' Jacks cook Jackson Earman takes orders from customers at the cook's window on Thursday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Jumpin' Jacks cook Jackson Earman takes orders from customers at the cook's window on Thursday.

— French fries replaced the French Revolution for some high school students who couldn’t resist eating lunch at Jumpin’ Jacks on opening day Thursday.

Scotia-Glenville School District spokesman Robert Hanlon said 200 of the school’s 950 students brought in notes from parents saying they had to leave school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The district has an attendance policy saying people can leave the building with a parent’s note. However, Hanlon said this was well above the average for excused absences. “We have 15 to 20 a day.”

Most cited some type of personal business such as a doctor’s or dentist appointment. One parent might have been a bit too honest. “We did have one note that says my child is going to Jumpin’ Jacks, and it’s marked as an illegal absence,” Hanlon said.

The district has parent signatures on file in case anyone tried to forge a note. Seniors who have special privileges do not need a note.

Jumpin’ Jacks manager Mark Lansing Jr. confirmed there was a large contingent of high school-age kids.

Opening day went very well, he said. “There were people waiting in line as early as 8 o’clock.”

New this year is an Italian sausage and peppers sandwich.

The students returned to their classes after lunch at the popular summer eating spot. Hanlon added that Principal Lynda Castronovo said she observed lots of kids walking across the bridge from Schenectady.

“Apparently, this happens every single year,” he said.

Hanlon said other popular times when students leave school are before school breaks and the day before the prom.

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March 27, 2009
4:26 a.m.
mrmjs says...

Well there is one place that won't need the stimulus buy out

March 28, 2009
8:05 a.m.
sgtwarbucks says...

What are we teaching our children when we tell them that eating on opening day at a very popular eatery is more important then preparing for their future?
Jumping Jacks will be open many more days than just opening day! Parents, teach your children life lessons in patience! Instant gratification, instant credit, the "i need it now" mentality is a poor lesson to teach your children.

March 28, 2009
9:16 a.m.
plug says...

Mmmmm Jackburgers!

March 28, 2009
10:45 a.m.
whatshisname says...

Those kids have ruined their entire lives by missing out on two hours of "education?" It's very doubtful they missed anything of value at school but they did get a lesson about free enterprise! If the school was smart they'd make it an annual field trip!

March 29, 2009
2:46 a.m.
jcaron says...

Sounds like a neat small town tradition to me... or at least the start of one.

April 7, 2009
12:37 a.m.
MMM says...

I grew up in Scotia and near Jumpin Jacks. I remember the 10 cent cone. I am very disapointed at the new prices and low quality of the food now. If you want a good sausage peppers and onions try Gus's inWatervliet, only 1.40 and of course there famous dogs 60 cents. Worth the ride if your on a budget and so good. Of course no river to gaze at.

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