Stop LUNCH Shaming our Kids

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At our lower elementary school, in Camden County NJ, Friday, June 8, 2018, roughly 20 children were called down over the PA system one by one to the school library to be excluded from the School's field day.  These children were called down ONLY for overdrawn lunch accounts.  

Our school is a Title  1 PreK-3rd grade school with a population of over 480 students, in a district with 4 lower elementary schools, 2 upper elementary schools, a middle school and high school.  

Our NEW policy, NOT listed in our handbook is to SHAME and BULLY children for parents that cannot pay their lunch bill.

The most vulnerable population is being excluded, bullied and shamed by our Administration in an attempt to collect a debt from the parents.  

These children will now also be EXCLUDED from the 3rd Grade concert on Tuesday, June 12 because of lunch balances, as well as, any other activity that takes place at the end of the year, which for our school is June 19.

I am collecting money in the a quicken frenzy to make these overdrawn accounts positive and give these children a chance to participate in the events they worked so hard for.

Yes, folks in the USA, in NJ, in 2018 we LUNCH SHAMED children 3-10 years old.

*the adult pictured in my photo in no way is involved with this campaign or effort.
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Thank you everyone for your donation and concern. Please know that a portion of funds have already been used to help children and I will continue to work to exhaust all funds collected and help these children. At this time I will stop accepting donations. If you wish to help I urge you to get to know your neighbor, know your school children and donate your time and efforts there.

This campaign and mission has shed light on the issue of lunch shaming and will hopefully bring about policy change in how we handle and treat these sensitive matters.
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Thank you to everyone who has shared my story and my mission. Debts are between an adult and an entity/business/corporation, etc. A child should never be used as a pawn in a way to recoup moneys owed. These children will remember being excluded from field day for The rest of their lives and there's nothing I can do about that now. I can help the students who are in jeopardy of missing out on other end of the year evenets and that's who I'm raising the money for. There's always a reason a bill isn't left unpaid and this form of paying unpaid lunch bills is not new. I will be speaking at our district board of education meeting Wednesday June 13 to express my distaste in how the situation was handled, how it went directly against their written policy and offer a solution for next year (apply for the CES).
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