LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Parents in Lakeland are upset over a PTSA sponsorship form they received to start the school year.
The form asked for sponsors for certain dollar amounts, with the money going to help the school.
Parents were concerned about the $100 sponsorship amount, which offers people who pay that amount, their last name or business logo on their website, as well as PTSA events, AND front of the lunch line pass.
A parent shared the form on a Facebook post, which has since garnered hundreds of comments from upset parents. One person who commented said the lunch-line pass will make disadvantaged students feel like second-class citizens.
One parent told WFLA it would create a food hierarchy.
Since the form was sent home, PTSA president Jil Bevis responded saying that 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. This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored, but we decided to not 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.” – Jil Beis, LCMA PTSA President 2017-2018