Leeza Pearson got a judge-y note from school along with a pack of uneaten Oreos.
These cookies are a dramatization. (via Thinkstock)
Nutrition is a hot topic in schools and at home. While some schools are taking steps to improve their free or subsidized lunch program, others are trying to reach into people's homes and control them like puppets. Leeza Pearson of Aurora, CO. sent her 4-year-old daughter Natalee to school one morning with a lunch that included a pack of Oreos and found out Children's Academy is the latter.
Natalee was sent home with the unopened pack of cookies and this note:
Just say what you really mean, note. (via ABC News)
The note reads:
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. Lunchable, 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.
Sure. Nothing healthier than having a side of bread with your potatoes.
Naturally, Pearson was confused and annoyed by this message, especially since Children's Academy frequently serves the kids jelly beans during after-school sessions and requests candy from parents around Easter. She told ABC News:
"I think it is definitely over the top, especially because they told her she can't eat what is in her lunch. They should have at least allowed to eat her food and contacted me to explain the policy and tell me not to pack them again. They say I can't decide 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? She is not overweight by any means and I usually try to feed her healthy. It's not like I was offering cookies to the entire class and it's not like that was the only thing in her lunch."
It IS important to feed healthy food to your kids. It probably won't hurt them to have cookies now and then either. Bottom line: passive-aggressive notes are a terrible way to debate nutrition.
The school itself did not comment or reveal the identity of the note-artist, but Patty Moon is a spokeswoman for the Aurora Public Schools and she told ABC News that notes are not standard practice. I guess usually they chase you through the streets, whipping carrots at your feet?