Colorado mom Leeza Pearson is upset her daughter, Natalee, wasn’t allowed to finish part of her lunch… a four-pack of Oreos.
Was the girl’s lunch a junk food fest? Hardly. Pearson also packed her 5-year-old daughter a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese and a 4-pack of Oreos. The child came back home from school with a note from her teacher, which read:
“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 heavy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. 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.”
You might imagine Pearson’s reaction – especially because at her daughter’s after school care program, the kids have been given jelly beans as a snack and around Easter, parents were asked to bring in candy.
“They say I can’t decide what to feed her but then they sometimes feed her junk food,” Pearson said. “Why am I being punished for Oreos when at other times I am asked to bring candy?” And while school officials don’t have a real comment on this situation, they have said that their desire is “to inform parents, but never want it to be anything punitive.”
As for Pearson, she seems unbowed. “She is not overweight by any means and I usually try to feed her healthy,” Pearson said, noting her daughter’s lunch also included a sandwich and some string cheese.
“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.”