Aurora school staffer fired for giving free lunches to students who couldn't pay
AURORA, Colo. — An act of kindness is causing outrage in the Cherry Creek School District. An employee is out of a job after giving out free lunches to certain students.
The Denver Post reports Della Curry, the kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, lost her job because she was giving food to kids who didn't have lunch money.
No child will be left to go hungry at the school because there's no money in their account, but the school district said there is right way and a wrong way to make sure that never happens.
The children who received the free lunches made too much money to qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.
The district said the law does not require it to provide a meal to children who don't have lunch money but instead give them hot meals the first three times they don't have lunch money and charge their parents' accounts. The fourth time, the students get a cheese sandwich and some milk.