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    Default Massachusetts school bans bake sales & candy bar fundraisers

    Norton, MA — With the new state standards in nutrition and physical fitness, bake sales and candy bar fundraisers will be eliminated during school hours. Using food as incentives for students will also be banned.

    The school committee recently adopted the new wellness policy at its June 11 meeting but not before board members questioned some of the new standards.

    “I think there should be balance in life and to take bake sales away from parents, I don’t like that,” committee member Beth McManus said.

    “I get it,” committee Vice Chairman Deniz Savas said. “We want healthy kids, but bake sales are ways we help raise money for the things we need. I’m guessing a carrot sale won’t go over so well.”

    Barry Nectow, director of school operations and finance, did provide some good news. The school receives reimbursement money for complying with the state standards.

    McManus asked if the food rule would apply to football games and the annual J.C. Solmonese Fair where foods that don’t meet state standards are sold.

    School Superintendent Patricia Ansay said that was allowed because those events take place during non-school hours.

    School committee member Phillip Lynch said he wanted to know why the board had to vote on something that was state mandated, that they had so little control over.

    “By forcing us to vote on this it forces us to be aware,” school committee Chairman Andrew Mackie said. “The consequences of childhood obesity has become a big issue. We are forced to do this by the state.”

    The board passed the vote to approve the new policy, 3-2, with Lynch and McManus against.

    The committee agreed to reevaluate the policy next year and have the director of food services and school nurse present to help explain the rationale behind the standards.
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    So, I take it they don't have fundraiser nights at McDonalds like my daughters school does.
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    Everyone knows the reason for childhood obesity is because of the three brownies they bought at the bake sale and the end of the year pizza party.

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    I live in Massachusetts...I'm surrounded by these "ban everything" lunatics.

    No more fun of any kind!

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    sometimes i think we, up here, have gone over the edge on this stuff (for instance our schools don't have pop machines, they sell juice and water instead). But then I read stories like this and I realize just how fucking reasonable we appear in comparison.

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    This been the case for a long while in my area o SoCal. No fundraising with anything bad, like candy, etc.

    I can't even buy a diet coke when I substitute teach at a school. It's water or juice (which has just as much sugar as soda).

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    Yeah, they have these kind of idiotic laws in our schools, then have Taco Bell and all you can eat ice cream in the lunch room.

    Makes a lot of sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Yeah, they have these kind of idiotic laws in our schools, then have Taco Bell and all you can eat ice cream in the lunch room.

    Makes a lot of sense.
    Ya, at my high school, they'd be trying to push healthy stuff, yet the pizza everyone bought at lunch was disgusting (yet so good). Everyone would just take a couple napkins, put them on top of the pizza and when you pulled off the napkins you'd get all this grease coming off it too.

    These types of things are always BS. Why punish the majority of kids who are taking decent care of their bodies when there are really only a few that let themselves become fat or obese.

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    What about PE? Do they still do that? I am old and have no kids so I am really out of touch with these things.

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    They do, but it's kind of a joke. It was "roll out the balls" when I was in high school, and in some places it still is today.

    The problem is that it should also include classwork. I know a teacher who included nutrition and exercise classwork, did projects where she brought in a cheeseburger from a place and had her students put together a nutrition report through information. she had her kids learning the history of sports, the rules, and playing them. They had fitness goals.

    Then, she was let go due to seniority, and a "roll out the balls" teacher who'd been at the school for 20 years kept their job.

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    Back in my day it was like boot camp, seriously!! Soccer moms today are paying good money for the sessions like I had.

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    What else will MA ban? Jeez.
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    What else will MA ban? Jeez.
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