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May 1, 2013

Project Yum Power

This week, the schools sent us out a letter adding one more little project to my overflowing plate.  Project Yum Power (no really, that’s what it’s called) was designed to focus the little ones even more on healthy eating.  In order to win a “Yum Power Prize” weekly, all I have to do is add a fruit or veggie sticky to a Yum Power tree anytime my child eats … fruits or veggies.  The trees are turned in weekly for what I’m sure amounts to a dollar store surprise.

Here is the response that I sent out to the schools …

Hello teachers!

The xxxx family has started a new program this spring called Dear Lord Let Us Get To The End Of The Year.  The goal of this program is to simply survive the end of the school year. This is a new program that we are establishing on top of our already existing programs:

  1. Program Get Five Kids Up And Moving And Make It To School On Time. (This is a program that continues to need modifications.)
  2.    Program What Healthy Meal Can I Make From The Last Three Ingredients In My Pantry
  3.    Project Drive Kids Around Town. In fact, this project is going so well that last Thursday on our “Spring Break”, I clocked almost 6 hours of driving to Violin, Cello, School (a diff. district), Baseball, Work, and picking up from work. I didn’t even make it to someplace fun like the WI Dells in that time. I managed to keep it to St. Cloud.
  4.  Projects Help Kid Apply To College, Help Kid With IEP, Make Sure Kid Does Homework, Sign Reading Minutes, Enforce Reading Time, Enforce Instrument Practice, and Bathtime are also all active at this time.
  5. Within our detailed program and project listing are also programs Marriage and Sanity Maintenance.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for adding program Yum Power. Knowing that in addition to all of the other open projects on my list I now need to start adding stickers to a “tree tracker” for every fruit and vegetable my child eats each day has filled me with enthusiasm. This was especially true after my 7 year old misplaced her tree on the second day and then cried hopelessly about not being able to participate and earn a Yum Power Prize.

To help me with this project, I request that the school place a sticker on her tracker each day to indicate whether she has eaten her fruit or vegetable at lunch. In fact, I would like to know the entire caloric and nutrient breakdown of each her meals. Try to stay on top of this as best you can, and I will extend the xxxx power prize at the end of the year.  I know this will be no problem for you to add on top of your own project Educate Children.

If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to come over to my house with a bottle of wine to talk about it.


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