Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida is doing some serious back-peddling after a controversial fundraising initiative went viral.
The Parent-Teacher-Student Association is looking for ways to raise money for the school, and they thought they came up with a great idea. Depending on your monetary donation, you and your child would receive perks through the school. For example, if you donated $50 as a family, your last name would be featured on the school website. If you donated $100 as a business, you would get your logo featured on the site. If you donated $250 you would get ALL the perks, plus 2 'premium seats' at concerts and awards shows.
But it's the the $100 family donation that got people talking.
This got parents talking. Parents were outraged, claiming a "lunch line pass" was totally unaceptable.
“Hey my dad has more money than you I get to eat first you have to wait you have to wait,” is how one dad, Chris Stephenson, imagines would happen between students. "You got those who can pay and those who cannot. It’s like, ‘I have money, I’m in the front of line now. All you poor kids get in the back of the line.'"
“Polk County has a very high rate of food insecurity when it comes to kids,” he added to News Channel 8. “With middle school already being a very contentious age, with hormones and everything else, the last thing you really want to do is add a food hierarchy on top of that.”
So how did this even get approved, and what did the PTSA have to say about it?