Positive PA experience today!

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2004 - 11:17am
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I had such a "warm and fuzzy" feeling today after I left my son's school. They had a special today where all the parents of the Kindergarteners were invited to a pajama story hour, to introduce the students to the library. My son's teacher notified me in advance that they would be serving cookies from a local bakery. She knew he most likely wouldn't be able to have any and said the PTA would buy a bag of something "safe" for him. I decided to make some homemade ones myself and brought them in.

As the teacher was handing the cookies out, a little girl in the class said, "Make sure it's safe for Timmy to eat!" I went over to the girl and thanked her for reminding us to check the cookies and for being concerned, and told her I brought some from home that he can have. I thought how adorable! At 5 years old, kids CAN be so caring and understanding!

While we were there, I asked Timmy who his lunch buddy was. He eats in a "Special Friends Room" away from the cafeteria. He gets to choose from students who don't bring any peanut products for lunch to eat with him. An aid is in this room with him and his buddy of the day. When they are finished eating, they get to play with toys in the room or play games until the rest of the class is ready to go outside for recess. A child next to Timmy heard me ask who is buddy was and said he wanted to be his buddy tomorrow, and was telling his mom "No peanut butter mom!" Then, several other kids overheard and said, "Pick me! Pick me!" Another little girl came to me and said she told her mom to never make pb&j because she doesn't want to make Timmy sick!

A mom whom I never met before told me she had sent in a community snack (Timmy does not eat the community snack) that was the new Goldfish Cheese and Crackers. She didn't realize it was made with peanut products so the teacher sent it back to her. I had seen these in the store and it's not even a may contain or traces, says that it does contain peanut products. She was so shocked and apologized to me for sending it in (they were never opened). She asked me about his allergy, so I felt good that another parent wanted to be informed!

The Assistant Principal came into the classroom with a basket of treats, dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog. She walked over to me first and apologized, that they hadn't notified me of the fruit snacks they were going to hand out to the kids. They did read the label ahead of time, and even saved me the package to double check, and yes, they were OK. Timmy was so excited!

As we were leaving, I asked to see the "Special Friends Room", as I hadn't seen it yet. It's in the back of the building by the principal's office. A parent volunteer who greets people as they enter the building, realized that Timmy is my child and says how adorable he is. She asked me about his allergy and couldn't believe what we go through. I go into the little room where he eats, and the principal comes out of her office to greet me. She said it's working out wonderfully, that Timmy has become "Mr. Popular" because everyone wants to be his "Special Friend" of the day. Everyone is looking out for him!

I'm so happy that people are "getting it" and being so understanding, and wanting to learn about it. I had a great PA day today, as did Timmy! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Michelle

Mom to Timmy, 5 yrs, PA
DD 7 1/2 yrs NKA
DS 3 yrs NKA

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2004 - 11:51am
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Hi Timmysmom,
That does sound like a terrific experience. This shows how compassionate both adults and children can be.
Take care,
Andrea

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2004 - 12:25pm
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That is so great that all the kids and the adults are being so positive about Timmy's allergies. Hooray!!!
Definitely worth sharing!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2004 - 11:50pm
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Thank you so much for sharing about your and Timmy's day. It was such a great way to start my day. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 09/30/2004 - 2:08am
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My eyes were welling up as I read your post. You are so lucky to have found a great school!!!

Posted on: Thu, 09/30/2004 - 8:02am
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Michelle,
That sounds awesome! I'm so glad you and Timmy had such a good day. It's great to hear other people being compassionate and understanding and inclusive.
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Meg, mom to:
Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA
Sean 2 yrs. NKA

Posted on: Thu, 09/30/2004 - 9:14am
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Michelle,
That is so wonderful - I just love reading stories like that!
Today I met the mother of one of the boys that my son eats with daily, and asked her if he didn't like PB, or if he just didn't bring it so he could eat with my son. She told me that he [b]loves[/b] PB, but told her never to make it for lunch so he could eat with his buddies. I was so grateful.
My son is now in 5th grade, and they can get pretty mean at this age. He is truly blessed to have the nicest kids at his school, who look after him so well. It sounds like Timmy is on the way to having the same experience. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 09/30/2004 - 11:53am
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It amazes me how "thoughtful and protective" most kids are over our children.
My son switched schools last year and every party I would be at I would have this one little girl come up and ask if the treats she brought would be safe for my son to eat. He was in 2nd grade at the time.
I think that some parents can take a lesson from the children on being gracious and kind.
best wishes,
renee

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