Produced by Gary Drevitch
Milburn, NJ, parents are having their feathers ruffled by a health-conscious kindergarten mom who has come north from Atlanta to show them the error of their ways:
First her son was offered a doughnut to celebrate a birthday. Days later, another student brought in Twinkies because he was the "star student," a weekly program that allows kids to bring in their favorite snack. Then a school consultant promised to bring Starburst candy for the children next week. That was too much for Roth, who fired off e-mail messages to parents, noting that 40 percent of sixth-graders in New Jersey are overweight.
And here's the reasoned response from Parent-Teacher Organization co-president Jane Gomez:
"She's caused an incredible amount of hard feelings . . . . People are very angry that she does not live in this community permanently and she's a renter. And people are angry that she's dictating what people can and cannot do at home."
You tell that filthy renter, Jane!
Apparently, the community once had better relations with Roth. In fact, the PTO allowed her to pilot a healthier school-lunch program (the regular menu is made up, exclusively, of pizza, chicken tenders, and bagels-and-cream-cheese). But veggie lasagna, turkey hot dogs, and black-bean burritos didn't catch on with the kids. Go figure.
April 17, 2005 | Permalink |
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