By Heather Legg
I’m pretty involved at my kids’ school and the other day we were talking about communication. How best to get all of the information out to all the parents? It’s tough. But we also realized that those that want the information will seek it. Granted, we’ve got signs and memos and online feed blitzes going out. We’ve got principal call outs and teacher blogs full of information. What I’m trying to say is a lot of people use the fact of lack of information, or difficulty getting it or inconvenience as an excuse not to do something. But if there is something that means a lot to you, tugs at your heart strings and gut, there’s never a reason not to do it.
I was so impressed after reading a commentary by a 9 year old boy who went to Washington during the Kids’ Congress on Capital Hill sponsored by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.
In this CNN article, Kyle Graddy gives a commentary of what his trip was like, told in his 9 year old voice. He says, “I think it is important for the kids with food allergies to speak with the senators and congressmen because we can tell them what it is like to live with the food allergies and how hard it can be to feel safe at school when there are no real guidelines for anyone to follow.”
He and others with food allergies are working to get the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2009 (s. 456/ H.R. 1378) passed with a goal to To develop voluntary guidelines to manage risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools and early childhood education programs; to fund local grants to schools to implement guidelines. Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Alabama has said he will co-sponsor the bill.
In Kyle’s words, the guidelines of this bill would “The guidelines would make school much easier for teachers, school nurses, principals, parents and kids with food allergies. Moms and dads would not have to start over each new school year teaching the school teachers, principals, and nurses how to keep their children with food allergies safe in a new classroom.
At the beginning of the school year, the school would know that a child has an allergy and would also know exactly what to do for the child to be safe. Also, when I change schools from elementary to middle school, the new school would be prepared for my food allergies.
With national guidelines, I would also be safer at school if my family had to move to another state, because the guidelines would be the same.”
Kyle Graddy is 9 years old and speaking with senators and congress people, walking through the front doors of the White House. No one should have an excuse not to follow up on what’s important! Go Kyle!
Read this article – who knows what it will inspire you to do!