Pay $100 to skip the lunch line? Florida school fundraiser upsets parents

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The program has, understandably, caused outrage among numerous parents at the school.

Parents in Florida are upset over a PTSA sponsorship form they received to start the school year.

Parents were concerned about the $100 sponsorship amount, which offers people who pay that amount, their last name or business logo on their website, as well as PTSA events AND front of the lunch line pass.

Attending middle school is rough enough so when Stephenson saw the form in his 6th grader's orientation packet, he went red.

"You got those who can pay and those who cannot", Christ Stephenson said.

The school's principal, Brian Andrews, said he was not aware of the letter, and that he strives to include every child.

Students attending Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla. were sent home with an orientation package that included a form from the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) telling parents that students can have a "front of the lunch line pass" if they donate US$100. Stephenson told the media outlet he was enraged when he saw the form.

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"'Hey, my dad has more money than you, I get to eat first".

After Stephenson shared the letter in a Facebook post on August 9 and the comments came pouring in. "You have to wait; you have to wait, '" Stephenson said.

"It's like, 'I have money, I'm in the front of line now".

"Nobody's a second-class citizen here", said Andrews, who is entering his fourth year as principal at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. We offer a variety of fundraising options for our students and families to choose from each year.

According to WTSP, the PTSA said the letter was sent to hundreds of students and parents "due to a clerical error".

Stephenson said his problem with the offer isn't just about a student getting his food before somebody else. "Who allowed and approved documents to be distributed to 300 some-odd students without having read it?"

"What we do behind these walls I truly believe we are for all kids and we will continue to do that", Andrews said.

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