DD came home with a letter yesterday stating she is to bring in 2 apples for a Johnny Appleseed lesson they're doing at the end of the week. Every child was instructed to do so. No problem for us, we stopped by the produce stand on the way home and grabbed her (and youngest dd as she needed them too) some. Last night as we were going to bed she got panicky and said "are my apples in my book bag?" I said yes they were and she said "Good. Mrs *teacher's name* said we'd get in big big trouble if we didn't bring any in".
Seriously? A child cannot go to the store and get their own apples by themselves. It's up to their parents and if their parents cannot get something or can't afford it (yes, there actually ARE people out there who can't afford an apple) it should not fall on the child. Since DD told me that I packed extra apples for the teacher in case someone couldn't bring one in. I sat thinking to myself last night is this teacher really going to punish a child for something beyond their control?