PTSA letter says kids can skip lunch line for $100

Evrard Martin
Août 12, 2017

Parents are claiming classism in a Florida school cafeteria. With the recent rise in awareness over lunch shaming, this pay-to-play arrangement caught the attention - and ire - of several parents.

The letter appears to offer the lunch line pass in exchange for a $100 donation, among other tiers of donation rewards.

"Andrews said he also addressed the issue with PTSA members, who are volunteers".

"Please be advised that the principal did not approve of this fundraiser, and he was not aware that sponsor forms for such a fundraiser by the school's Parent Teacher Student Association were inside the orientation packets".

"Hey my dad has more money than you I get to eat first you have to wait you have to wait", Stephenson speculated what the form would incite from young students.

Stephenson shared the form in a Facebook post, which has since garnered hundreds of comments from upset parents. It's about a kid getting privileges over his classmates just because his parents make a little bit more money than the others. "This fundraiser will not be taking place at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy", Andrews said in an email to parents.

Last school year, nearly 7,000 kids in the Polk Co., Florida, got free or reduced lunches, according to the Dept. of Education. Since he's arrived, he said he has changed many things to be as inclusive as possible.

"We don't want any kids feeling like second class citizens", Stephenson said. We strive to look for new and innovative fundraising ideas to enhance the school experience for our students. This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored, but we chose to not implement. The intent of our PTSA is to always do the best for our students and families. "That's stupid", Stephenson said.

The principal though, says he never saw the form and would have never included it in the packet. "Who allowed and approved documents to be distributed to 300 some-odd students without having read it?"

"What we do behind these walls I truly believe we are for all kids and we will continue to do that", Andrews said.

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