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It was a typical Friday morning as Leeza Pearson got her 4-year-old
daughter Natalee ready for school at Children's Academy in Aurora, Colorado. She smiled
as she added a special treat of Oreo cookies to her daughter's lunchbox, along
with a sandwich and cheese.
At the end of the day, Pearson was surprised to see that the Oreos she
included had been returned unopened, accompanied by a note from her daughter's
It is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch.
This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit,
a vegetable and a healthy snack from home, along with milk. If they have
potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables,
chips, fruit snacks and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy
snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone's participation.
"They don't provide lunch for my daughter. I provide lunch. It's
between me and the doctor in terms of what's healthy for her," Pearson told
A spokeswoman with Aurora Public Schools said the school gave Natalee
a healthy alternative to the cookies, but when Pearson contacted the school's
director to ask about the note, no one would respond.
"They took it over the top, to say, 'The kid can't eat it. It was in her
lunchbox, but [she] can't eat it today,'" Pearson complained.
A spokesperson for Aurora Public Schools said such warning notes are not usually
sent out to parents, yet many preschools have adopted policies to encourage healthier