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Atkinson third graders get gourmet lessons with lunch at Le Moo

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Tuesday, some Atkinson Elementary students headed off to lunch, but not in the cafeteria. They headed to Le Moo, a French steakhouse. 

"I think exposing kids to a nicer dining experience can definitely have an affect on them," Le Moo's owner Kevin Grangier said. 

"I can honestly say I've never done anything in my 12 years of teaching like this," third grade teacher Missy Croghan said. 

Croghan's assignment for her students was to write a persuasive restaurant review. It would be an opportunity for students to also brush up on a few other life skills, like good manners. 

She anticipated setting up the school cafeteria as a faux formal restaurant, with teachers as the servers. But the owner of Le Moo said that just wouldn't do. 

Instead, he reserved 70 seats during the lunch rush for the very special students.

"A lot of our kids, we decided have never had that experience -- maybe they've been to a fast food restaurant," Croghan said. 

Le Moo served a four-course meal Tuesday -- no pizza, no burgers -- and the chef hopes students walk away with an opportunity they otherwise wouldn't have had. 

"Get to be with my friends and I get to eat and we get to chat about how fun it is, how cool it is and I can't believe I'm here," student Jaylynn Mullins said.  

"I'm hoping if the kids walk away with anything its just the memory," Grangier said. 

The entire restaurant donated time to pull this off for students today including waiters, the chefs and kitchen staff. 

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