Target: Superintendent of Cherry Creek School District, Harry C. Bull, Jr.
Goal: Provide children with no lunch money with a nutritious meal every day.
A cafeteria worker was recently allegedly fired for providing a hungry child with a lunch. Della Curry was approached by a first grader in a Denver-area school who was upset because she did not have enough money to purchase lunch, so Curry gave the little girl a free meal. The school has specific policies in place for students who forget or cannot afford lunch, but they do not constitute providing a healthy lunch for free on a daily basis for children. Children whose families cannot afford a nutritious lunch are oftentimes left hungry.
Curry insisted that she did the right thing in providing lunch and would do it again if given the opportunity. The law states that if a child’s family does not qualify for free or reduced lunch rates, then the child is given a slice of cheese on a hamburger bun along with a small milk. This is not enough to keep a child full for the remainder of the school day and hunger will impact academic performance. Just because a child does not qualify for reduced lunch fares does not mean his or her parents can afford to send a lunch.
The policy on school lunches must be changed. There are too many children who are left hungry because they do not have an adequate lunch. Oftentimes school lunch is the only significant food a child will be served all day. Sign this petition to stand with Curry and demand a change in school policy to accommodate students with no lunch money.
Dear Superintendent Bull,
A Denver-area school cafeteria worker was allegedly fired for giving a child lunch when she couldn’t afford one. Della Curry dipped into her own funds in order for a hungry child to receive an adequate meal. I understand that there is a law in place that supports Curry’s dismissal for her actions; I am writing to challenge this law.
Curry was only trying to help a child eat a nutritious meal. Had she not helped, the child would have been given a cheese sandwich and small milk, which would have resulted in the child becoming hungry again quickly. Nutritious food is vital for excellent academic performance. Many children do not receive adequate meals at home and they rely on school lunches. I urge you to look closely at the rules surrounding school lunches and affordability. Please approach a solution from the stance of what is best for the children.
[Your Name Here]
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