Dear Orange Families
I am deeply concerned about a misquote at the end of the article about food changes in the Orange Town News. The Healthy Lifestyles Committee has worked so hard all year and recently came up with an important and sensible compromise for children's birthdays and the usual holidays. The new proposal simply asks for 48-hour notice, so parents can send in an alternate snack.
At the end of the article, I was talking to the reporter about the ‘student of the week’ celebrations, not birthdays, and I was explaining that these celebrations, to cut back on excess unhealthy snacks, should be either healthy foods (such as fruits and vegetables) or non-food celebrations. One of the proposed non-food celebrations is that the 'student of the week' be the king or queen for the day and lead the lines to the cafeteria and recess, take the lunch count, have the opportunity for an 'all-about-me' presentation, etc. I said, "It is not mean to tell a child they are the king or queen for the day, instead of celebrating with food."
I would never say kids should be told they are not king or queen for the day on their birthdays. I believe they should be king or queen for the day, lead the lines, and have all sorts of other classroom honors on their birthdays and when they are student of the week!
Lynn K. McMullin