Target: President of Denver Board of Education, Happy Haynes
Goal: Reinstate school cafeteria worker who was reportedly fired for giving a hungry student lunch.
A woman was allegedly recently fired from her position as a school lunch worker for giving a hungry first-grader lunch. The school stated that she violated the school’s policy, hence why she was fired. However, this woman has provided hungry students with lunch out of her own pocket, and believes that the current system doesn’t fully provide for needy students. Tell the President of the Denver Board of Education, Happy Haynes, to reinstate this woman, as she was only providing a hungry child with lunch.
Della Curry told KCNC-TV that she couldn’t see another child go hungry. She gave a crying first-grader lunch, who didn’t have enough money to buy it herself. The school’s policy states that students are allowed three free lunches by the school, but by the fourth time the student would be given a cheese or turkey sandwich and milk. The student had reportedly forgotten her lunch three times, received three free lunches, and was given a fourth lunch for free by Curry.
Curry owns up to her action, stating that the system is broken. She is the mother of two children, and doesn’t believe that a child should ever go hungry. The district did not provide a comment to the news station, stating that it was a personal matter. However, the district’s website did publish its policy on school lunches without releasing Della Curry’s name.
This woman acted with good intentions. She didn’t want a first grader to go hungry, nor did she want this student to be humiliated by her other classmates for not having a proper lunch. Tell President Happy Haynes to reinstate this woman, as feeding a hungry child shouldn’t be grounds for firing someone from their position.
Dear President Happy Haynes,
I am concerned over the recent alleged firing of a school worker for feeding a hungry first-grader. While there is a policy in place to ensure that students are fed, this policy overlooks the kind of bullying, discrimination, and socioeconomic background that students face. I also do not believe that a woman should be fired because she truly cared that her students were properly fed.
Della Curry paid out-of-pocket for some students, just to ensure that they could eat. This woman acted with good intentions, and she did not pose a threat or harm any student. Yes, she broke the school’s policy, but it was done so another student could eat. Please give this caring woman her job back immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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