Spring Is A Blooming!!!
It’s a Sunday afternoon right before 12 noon and I’m sitting in a football stadium in Katy, Texas waiting for Jayden to come out and start his ”football thang” at this football combine “The Opening”. This is a big accomplishment for him, and we’re so proud of him for all of the things that he has done, and has yet to do. Things have been quiet on the food allergy front, like I mentioned to you all a couple of months ago....Peyton is transitioning from elementary school to middle school, so that means we need to meet with the middle school administration staff regarding her 504 and food allergies. I will most likely schedule that meeting next month. One thing that I did find interesting this year in elementary school was with Valentines Day, they did away with allowing the kids to bring candy along with their Valentine’s this year. From what we was told, this will be on going thru the district next year entirely. I do know some teachers allowed some classes to bring candy, some didn’t....but hey, I’m not complaining...Peyton wont be there next year. I kinda thought to myself, maybe they did this because of the big mess we had in the 5th grade with the tamales, and we (meaning the kids who are food allergy kids) was initially told that we could opt out or bring our own “safe snack”, I had to so kindly inform the parent volunteer coordinator at the school that according to the Americans With Disabilities Act (food allergies are considered a disability) if you are accommodating for the class and the students without disabilities you have to accommodate for those with food allergies, don’t just tell us to bring our own safe snack. I had a long talk with the assistant principal and she did tell me then that the district was going to phase out bringing food into the classroom next year. But again, I am excited for Peyton to transition into Middle School, but this too opens up the doors for children who are not aware, who may not care, teachers who are already over exhausted with the students and classes that they have now....how do I know that they will pay attention to what’s being bought into the classroom and not. So, this too will be a learning experience for all of us, that will gear us up for high school.
I’m not sure if you all have been reading some of my Facebook posts, but I have posted that the Lord has been speaking to me, in many ways....I have been stalling on something that I know there is a need for especially in our area of Austin.....but just a need to want to educate people more when it comes to food allergies. I came up with the vision of starting “Peyton’s Hope” at the beginning of the year, we’re still in the beginning phase of starting our charity.....but I just want to be a outlet to help educate and offer any services we can to our community. With the help of a very good friend of mines, the plan is to get the ball rolling here pretty soon.