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Parents Upset Over VIP Lunch Pass Offered at School

Parents in Lakeland are upset over a fundraising form they received to kick off the school year.

According to WFLA, the form asked for sponsors for certain dollar amounts, with the money going to help the school.

However, parents were concerned about the $100 sponsorship, which offers people who purchase that sponsorship several perks, including a front of the lunch line pass.

A parent shared the form on a Facebook post, which got hundreds of comments from upset parents. One commenter said the pass would make disadvantaged students feel like second-class citizens.

Since the form was sent home, Jill Beis, the president of the school’s PTSA responded by saying it was sent home due to a clerical error.

“The Lawton Chiles Middle Academy PTSA is a group of volunteers including parents, teachers, students and administrators. We strive to look for new and innovative fundraising ideas to enhance the school experience for our students. We offer a variety of fundraising options for our students and families to choose from each year. The Family and Business sponsorship program was explored, but we decided not to implement. Due to a clerical error, the form was inadvertently included in the orientation packets. Our families have been notified this program is not being offered. The intent of our PTSA is to always do the best for our students and families.”

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