What Would You Like to See in a \"Back to School\" Newspaper Article re PA?


I have contacted my local newspaper and the reporter is quite interested in doing a "back to school article" re PA. I don't want it to be like the last article we had done in Stayner which I didn't think was very good at all.

I approached her because I wanted something done for "back to school" so that non-PA parents could read it and if presented with a "peanut free" classroom they might understand that it's not as awful as it may sound to them at first. It seems that I have come to a place again where Jesse is the only PA child in the school (although we're changing schools so not clear if that is true with this new one).

What would you put in an article re PA for going "back to school"? What website links would you provide. I thought this one (PA.com) and FAAN.

Of course, I'm all in a dither because I'm packing up at the same time, but I do feel it's really important and should get out there, especially since we were the first people in 22 years to approach the educational program day camp with a PA child.

Any thoughts?

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


On Aug 12, 2002

I would like to see an article that addresses how a peanut-free environment benefits EVERYONE when there is a pa child in the classroom. Most parents are going to think "Oh, we have to do this for the benefit of child X", but they don't realize that it is also for the benefit of the non-pa children and the teacher. What I mean is, a teacher can concentrate on teaching better if she/he is not worried that one of his/her students is going to have a serious medical problem (reaction) at snack time. Students can learn better if they don't have to spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning their desks, etc., because they brought PB to school. The administration can function better if they lessen the risk of a serious medical emergency occuring in the school. This is just my viewpoint, but I have finally come to realize that the protections at school do not only benefit my son. They benefit the whole school. I'm sure most parents would not want their non-pa child to have to witness an anaphylactic reaction in a classmate. I think witnessing something like that could haunt a child for a very long time. So, I really think that an article should point out that although the pa child is the primary beneficiary of any nut-free/nut-reduction policies, the entire school actually benefits, too. I hope this made sense! LOL!!