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Mom Scolded by Teacher for Giving Preschooler Oreos as a Snack

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 teacher:

Dear Parents,

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 KMGH-TV.

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 diet choices.

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