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4-Year-Old Takes Oreos To School - Comes Home Crying With A Note For Her Mother

Colorado resident Leeza Pearson decided to put a mini-pack of Oreos in her daughter Natalee's lunch one day as a treat.

However, her daughter came home with the cookies unopened and a sternly worded note from the Children's Academy in Aurora, Colorado. Pearson was stunned when she read the note:

"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. 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."

Pearson decided she wasn’t going to take this kind of intrusion into her parenting rights lying down.

"I think it is definitely over the top, especially because they told her she can't eat what is in her lunch," Pearson explained to ABC News in an interview. "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."

The Children's Academy would not comment for this story. Patty Moon, a spokeswoman for the Aurora Public Schools, which provides funding for some children to attend the private pre-school, put out a statement highlighting a note in the lunchbox is not standard practice.

"From our end we want to inform parents but never want it to be anything punitive," Moon said.

Moon continued to point out the school was simply promoting healthy eating, but Pearson says that effort has been inconsistent at best. She says last Easter, the school told students to bring in candy to celebrate. Natalee is also given jelly beans as a snack when she stays for after-school care, according to Pearson.

"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?"

The school claims the girl was offered an alternative snack. Pearson says this isn’t true and her daughter returned home hungry after school.

Source: ABC News Go
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