Kids in Easton, Mass., might have to celebrate their birthdays with a cracker or a raisin. The public school system is proposing a policy that will eliminate cupcakes, frosted cookies and candy from classroom celebrations. The policy-makers want the traditional celebration fare to be replaced with fruit, applesauce, crackers or raisins — items that will be on a list of “safe foods.”
The proposal is part of an effort to update an existing wellness program that is connected to food allergy policies.
“We want to get the focus off junk food,” said policy-maker Lori Han. “You can celebrate a birthday without a cupcake.”
Students will still be allowed to have homemade sweets in a packed lunch, but the policy-makers would prefer that classrooms avoid food altogether during celebrations.
“The healthiest foods to eat are foods from the earth,” added Food Service Director Penny Spellberg. “Our goal is to make our community healthy.”