I have twin 1st graders, they are in the same class at school. Yesterday was a half day and on half days the school does a pizza fund raiser, everyone sends in money for a slice or two of pizza a week before and on the day, the kids get to eat pizza in the classroom during a movie. My DD was sick so she stayed home but my son went to school. Since they have pizza right before they go home, I told my son to get his sister's pizza and bring it home for her and I send a plastic container for this. Well my son came home without the pizza, he said the teacher said that since my DD wasn't there, she was going to give her pieces to a child who's parents didn't order him any, even after my son told her that he wanted to bring it home to her! WHAT?? I was so mad, who gives her the right to give away something I bought? So I called the teacher, she said that she figured it would be better to give it to the child who didn't have any since DD wasn't there. I asked her why she felt she had the right to give away something that I paid for and she said "so you would rather this other child go without?" I said, "do I want that, no, but he's not my child and it's not my job to feed him, if you were so concerned, why didn't you order him a piece?" I am going to the front office today to talk to someone about it. It's not so much that I am mad about the pizza, it's about the fact that the teacher stole from my child to give to another child. I don't know about how other schools are but here, teachers are trusted with a lot of money: field trip money, year book, school shirts etc and all of that has to be in cash and her doing this makes me question if I can trust her with that money. Would this upset you?
For those who say the pizza should have been thrown out or something the order slip says " if your child does not attend school on pizza day, you are welcome to pick up the pizza or have it sent home with a sibling".
I went to the front office this morning ( I had to go to the school anyway we had the monthly parent volenteer meeting today) and it happened to be the vice principal who was in there. I know her well, she was my 5th grade teacher and was also 2 of my sibling's teacher. Anyway, I told her what had happened and I said I don't want to make a big deal about this but that maybe someone could talk to the teacher and make sure she knows that you can't just take from one child to give to another. Also that even though my DD wasn't there, I did pay for it and school policy says that me or my son could take it home to her. She agreed and said that she will talk to the teacher and she definitely feels my DD is owed an apology. because what she did was wrong, and like I said, the teachers are trusted with money and they need to make sure they are using the money for the child who brought it in.
At the meeting I brought up the idea that maybe, with these fundraisers, we could an a donation option on the order forms for parents to donate whatever amount they want, if they want to and if more money is donated then is needed, then that could just be more money for the school. It was voted on and everyone agree that would be a great idea. I do sympathize with the teacher in that was probably a hard situation to be in, this new policy should elminate this situation. However, that doesn't give her the right to keep my child's food.