One of the best parts of packing a school lunch is sending a little note along for your child to read at lunch. It's a sweet surprise, and lets them know that you're thinking of them, even when they're at school! It can also be a great way to show your kids encouragement and help them feel a little less alone, especially during those sometimes scary first weeks. Some snack companies even have little spaces in their wrappers and packaging where you can write your note, which is such a brilliant idea! But Rice Krispie Treats realized that the lunchbox note wasn't as inclusive as it could be, especially for children with visual impairment. So they did something absolutely amazing, and created a Braille lunchbox love note. We're not crying, you're crying!
There are 62,000 children with visual impairment in schools across the country. These kids can't see written notes, so Kellogg's decided to create a note they COULD read. They partnered with the National Federation of the Blind after being inspired by 11-year-old blind student Eme Butler-Mitchell, and created sticker sheets and audio devices for children who are visually impaired.
Each sticker sheet includes eight different phrases to uplift and encourage students during the day. For kids who can't read Braille, they also created an audio box that will play a prerecorded message. The box holds one delicious marshmallow treat, and when opened, plays the message you record on the device.
It's such a little thing, but for kids who are blind or have some degree of visual impairment, this is a major game changer and so important! W.K. Kellogg, the founder of The Kellogg Company, was blind for the last decade of his life, so inclusion is very important to the company. They want to make sure every kid, regardless of their physical abilities, feels special and loved.
Perhaps the best part of this entire line of lunchbox notes is that they're FREE. That's right: you can go to the website and order your very own Braille stickers or audio device for free (while supplies last). It's so nice to see big companies doing good, and this is one example that we'll remember for a long, long time.