2008.10.29 Rachel Barron: school lunch

Written by David Green.

My mother always quoted the old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I, for one, am grateful to have Morenci Area Schools as part of my village. To the volunteers, janitors, lunch ladies, librarians, aides, coaches and teachers all the way up to our superintendent, I thank you. We are so fortunate to have such caring people aiding us in raising our children into the fine young citizens they are.

I am writing this in response to the letter last week that bashed our school breakfast program and insulted the intelligence of our parents. I have lived in Morenci my entire life and am proud to call it my home. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and have five children from age five to 18. I have been privileged to be a stay-at-home mother and be able to see my children off to school. On the other hand, I realize this is not an option for all parents.

In no way do I claim to be a perfect parent, kudos to those who are. My point is, parenting is not an easy job and it has become a competition among us. Rather than judging others, we need to support and respect each other in this crazy journey called parenthood. We also need to understand that not all children have the family unit some are so blessed with. Does this make theirs less of a family than mine? Wouldn’t it be wonderful it we all lived in a perfect world?

The breakfast program is a service provided by the school for those who choose to take advantage of it. Although it may not be perfect, most would agree it is a positive program. I would like to thank those who organized this program for the sole purpose of helping our children succeed. I’m sure there were many hours invested, and your hard work is much appreciated. After all, I know these are my children and ultimately they are my responsibility. I take my job as a parent very seriously and I am thankful to all of those who are part of my village.

– Rachel Barron

Mulberry Rd., Morenci

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