"A pregnant co-worker was dehydrated and hadn't eaten for ten hours..."
A Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher has leveled an accusing finger in what was described as the "almost comical misery" she and her students had to endure during the Chicago-based national kick-off of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move! Active Schools" campaign, as reported by the on-line news portal The Daily Caller on March 4, 2013.
In what the official White House website refers to as "a groundbreaking, earth-shattering, awesomely-inspiring day," fifth grade teacher Lisa Putnam made public many of the behind-the-curtain realities and factual happenings on the day's festivities that went widely unreported by much of the media.
Posting on the Chicago Public Schools on-line forum for parents and teachers, CPS Chatter, Putnam related an unvarnished first-hand account of what took place at Chicago's McCormick Place (the largest convention center in North America) was described as an "unmitigated catastrophe."
Admittedly a fan of the FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), Putnam was enthusiastic for her fifth graders participating in the kick-off event, but as the teacher relayed on CPS Chatter, the enthusiasm was exceedingly short-lived:
"If you are a parent, imagine that you take your child on a trip and they are very excited.
Now imagine they have to wait on a bus and stand in straight lines for three hours straight.
Then imagine after one hour of ‘fun’ that they have to sit around and wait for three more hours that bus to pick them up.
Oh, did I mention that are not allowed to have a morsel of food the entire time?"
As cited, per the request of the FLOTUS and her staff, none of the children were allowed to bring any food or drinks with them.
Putnam also related that a pregnant co-worker was dehydrated and hadn't eaten for ten hours.
After standing in lines for buses and security checks, the children then had to wait in yet another line to receive their tax payer funded t-shirts.
"When my 10 year old students received their XL men’s t-shirts, I did my best to tell them with a straight face that the shirts would shrink and the girls could maybe wear them as a dress," Putnam wrote.
Then came another hour-long line...
The 6,000 students in attendance waited to take the various places organizers had planned for them around a stage where they appear with the FLOTUS.
As Putnam stated:
"We were told to keep our students in three straight quiet lines.
Then, the students were ushered into a giant room with a stage and told they had to be very quiet, that there was a ‘surprise in there for them.’
6,000 kids quiet? Good luck guy."
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