Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Getting fired for feeding a hungry child

So True. Maybe that's what Della Curry was thinking.
Can we agree that a school child with a comfortably full stomach will outperform a starving classmate  struggling to concentrate despite his or her hunger pains? That might explain in part why children of the wealthy tend to find success in their adult lives; whereas, children of the poor too often wind up in the same financial straights as their parents.

It's hard to  know what Della Curry was thinking when she violated her school's policy by giving free lunches to hungry children who couldn't afford to pay for them. We do know that Della is blessed with empathy and compassion - that's more than we can say for the school officials who fired her:
Della Curry is out of work, and unashamed, after being fired by the Cherry Creek School District. A married mother of two, Curry is the former kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, Colo. She lost her job on Friday after giving school lunches to students who didn’t have lunch money. 
What do you do when a child doesn’t qualify for free or reduced lunch, but doesn’t have enough money to pay for a meal at school?

Della Curry, an elementary school kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, Colo., opted to give such children free lunches. Her decision was a violation of school policy and she was fired.

“I had a first grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn’t have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch,” Curry said.

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