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No matter how hard a parent tries, they cannot be perfect. And in the America of today, parents have to work their butts off to keep the household running. While having two incomes makes the process easier, some parents have to bare the brunt of the financial responsibilities themselves. And this forces them to work long hours. When a parent, especially a single mom, is forced to work two jobs just to provide for their little ones, they cannot do everything perfectly. And one Colorado school did not hesitate to inform a mom that she was doing a bad job when packing her daughter’s lunch. Because she had packed a small snack-size Oreo packet in her daughter’s lunch, the school was outraged. They forbade the child to eat the cookies and then “lunch-shamed” mom by sending a letter to all the parents.
Mom knew that a small treat in her 4-year-old daughter’s lunch would make her day. She bought a snack-size Oreo cookie pack and snuck it into the lunch bag. Besides trying to give her daughter a treat, mom Leeza Pearson also had run out of fruit and vegetables for her lunch that day. She had to go to the grocery store, but didn’t have time until later in the week. Meanwhile, she gave her daughter, Natalee, a pack of Oreos along with her healthy sandwich.
But the Children’s Academy in Aurora, Colorado did not hesitate to shame Leeza for giving her daughter a sweet treat.
Leeza couldn’t believe the day when her daughter came home with her Oreos uneaten and a threatening note from the school informing her and all parents never to send cookies in with their kids again.
“Dear Parents, It is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable and a healthy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it.”
The school then detailed what exactly they mean by “healthy snack.”
“Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone’s participation.”
Leeze thinks her daughter’s school’s response was outrageous. She had just given her kid some Oreos because she didn’t have any other food left until her next grocery shopping trip.
“I think it is definitely over the top, especially because they told her she can’t eat what is in her lunch,” she said. “They should have at least allowed her to eat her food and contacted me to explain the policy and tell me not to pack them again.”
She continued, “They said I can’t decided what to feed her but then they sometimes feed her junk food. Why am I being punished for Oreos when at other times I am asked to bring candy?”
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