It wasn’t too long ago when Muslim students in public schools didn’t have a halal food option at school events. They had to abstain from eating anything, bring their own food, or avoid the event altogether. Growing up in the 80s and 90s in Scarborough, my siblings and I were one of the few minority families, let alone Muslim families, in the school. I can’t tell you how isolating it felt not to have food options at school. And then to have to explain to friends and teachers why we weren’t eating the burgers at the school bbq or the pancakes at the annual pancake breakfast, (they were usually cooked on the same griddle as the bacon and pork is a no-no for Muslims), was very hard and at times, created misunderstanding. So, seeing this paragraph in an article about Parent councils in the Sept. issue of Today’s Parent (Cdn. Ed) is very telling. Awareness of student needs is increasing and accommodations are being made. It may not seem like a big deal, but as a former student of the public school system, and as a teacher in that system, I’m telling you it is.