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Among the shadows, as they grow
Underneath the hidden spaces
Where spirits hide angelic faces
In between the barren sprigs
Intertwining with the twigs
Watching, as you pass them by
Listen, you can hear them sigh
In daylight, even in the dark
These gentle souls of Sunnybank Park
Author’s Note: Sunnybank Park is in Wayne, NJ and one of the places I love to go to. There is a peacefulness to this place, and you can feel it all around you ❤
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No, I’m not referring to all the squirrels gathering for the Winter, or the facts that America is going nuts over this healthcare crap. However, this is a serious issue and one I can definitely relate to. Nut allergies. I, myself, am allergic to peanuts & pine nuts.
A recent meeting with the Wayne Board of Ed had parents asking for stricter rules where the consumption of nuts is at issue, mainly, lunch hour. Currently, at one of the elementary schools in town (we have 9), children with nut allergies must sit at a separate table with only one of their friends permitted to sit with them. This will create more of a stigma for the child then allowing them to sit at a table where many friends are enjoying each others company. In today’s society, any child who is considered “different” is open to harassment & bullying. Children of elementary school age, who may not realize the risks to other children, can not be expected to understand “Johnny can’t have peanut butter”. Education within the schools is crucial but not effective in younger children.
While researching other districts in the area to see if they have a policy regarding food allergies, specifically nuts, I came across the letter that was sent out to Hawthorne parents whose children attend Roosevelt Elementary. They laid out the following guidelines:
Do you have enough time in the morning to make sure your child washes their hands with soap and water after eating peanut butter for breakfast? What about brushing their teeth? If you’re like most families today, you’re rushing out the door just to get the kids to school! And why is it ok to have nuts at lunch time but not at snack time? if a child is going to share with a friend, and they will even if you tell them not to, it really makes no difference on the time of day.
It’s not really a big deal to implement a “No Nut Zone” in a school building. It could save a child’s life.
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