I spend the majority of the class time telling or reading Bible stories in funny voices and being really, really animated in order to keep their attention. They get off on tangents really easily, like a few weeks ago when I was telling them about Daniel and the lion's den, and one little boy kept asking me why a train didn't bite the lions. Needless to say, getting them to pay attention is sometimes hard, but one thing they ALWAYS pay attention to is snack time. Snack time is very, very important. So last week, being the awesome teacher that I am, I brought them peanut butter crackers. Specifically, these peanut butter crackers:
Austin peanut butter crackers made by Kellogg's. (Some of you who have watched or read the news lately know exactly where this is going.)
The kids loved the crackers and stuffed their adorable little faces full of them. Then, Monday or Tuesday morning, I logged onto MSNBC, and I saw the headline, "FDA confirms salmonella in Kellogg's crackers," and I almost fell out of my chair.
So I read the article, and yep, sure enough, I fed my kids the crackers that have now been recalled because at least one pack was confirmed to have salmonella in the peanut butter. Hurrah. Have you ever had to contact the parents of eight toddlers and let them know that you may have inadvertently fed their children salmonella? No? Well, let me tell you, it's a good time.
Luckily for everyone, it turns out that these particular crackers were salmonella-free, although I did have another tiny panic attack when one little boy was missing from Sunday School this week and his dad said it was because he was sick. It turns out that "sick" meant a cold as opposed to vomiting and diarrhea, so that was good.
This week, the kids got animal crackers (and not the kind with icing), but I was still nervous. If anyone wants to volunteer a snack recipe that involves cooking all ingredients at 500 degrees for an hour or two, I'm all ears.