Every mother wants their kids to eat well even at school. Elaina Daoust makes sure her son brings a healthy lunch to school because of this. Every child should know how to tell if the food they are eating is healthy or not. And this is what the students at this school were supposed to do. But many parents, like the mom in this story, think that they went too far.
Yes, she understands the importance of letting children understand this matter. And it can be challenging especially for young children like her four-year-old son. However, she cannot believe after her son’s school staff deemed his lunch to be “unhealthy.”
The Durham Catholic District School in Canada recently decided to only serve their students with healthy foods. To extend this effort to their students, they asked the parents to support this initiative. They reminded parents to be mindful of the food that they pack for their kids’ lunch.
One day, Eliana put some banana bread in the lunch box of her 4-year-old son. She thought it was healthy, and her son loved it. She found out that the school staff threw away her sons’ lunch, especially the banana bread with chocolate chips in it, because it had chocolate chips.
After she threw part of the boy’s lunch in front of his classmates, the teacher didn’t care if he cried. For lunch, grapes were left for the boy.
In an interview with The Star afterward, Elaina said, “He brought home a chart with ideas for healthy snacks and told me he and the teacher had talked about it and healthy choices. She also wrote me a note. I was very, very, very angry about a lot of things.”
You might be wondering what else the school didn’t let kids bring in their lunchboxes. Goldfish crackers, granola bars, juice boxes, chocolate milk, string cheese, and even fruit snacks were some of the snacks. Along with Elaina, thirty other parents came forward to say that the same thing happened to their children as it did to Elaina’s son.
When asked, school officials said that they could throw away any food they thought was “unhealthy.” This is part of what kids learn in school. This will help the kids tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods.
But not everyone agrees with the way they think. James Mackinnon, a consultant for the school board who works on teaching and learning, said, “Nowhere in our policies or procedures does it say that our staff is allowed to take food away from a student.”
Experts think it’s very important for a child, even when they’re very young, to know how important it is to eat well. This can make a big difference in their lives as adults. Parents who teach their young children healthy eating habits can be sure that it will have a positive effect on their children’s eating habits and food choices when they are adults.
We think this is what the Durham Catholic District School was trying to do.
But do you think the school’s rules about food preferences were too strict? There’s no doubt that they only want the best for their students. But if someone asked you, would you say that Elaina’s banana bread with chocolate chips is unhealthy? Was it okay for the staff to make the kid look bad in front of his peers?