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The Fight Against Frosting: Classroom Celebrations Must Be Healthy

July 6, 2012 by  

The Fight Against Frosting: Classroom Celebrations Must Be Healthy
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A public school system in Massachusetts wants to ban cupcakes from classroom celebrations.

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.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • JimH

    “We” want to get the focus off junk food. said policy maker Lori Han.
    Lori believes she knows so much better than us, what is best for us. Who knows where we and our children would be without “elitist’s” like Lori to guide us and show us the way.
    Mind your own business, Lori. We got by without you before and we can still do it now.

    • Robert Smith

      Actually humanity got by for thousands of years without processed and genetically modified foods. However, today with refined suggars, HFCS, and all sorts of stuff going into the food chain we are NOT getting by. We are being poisoned.

      I’m grateful when someone nails the truth about agribusiness like Monsanto.

      Rob

      • Jim S

        I don’t disagree with some of your comments about the refined sugars and processed foods. However, the Constitution gives me the ability to make the choice as to what I eat. That’s the great thing about this country. We can make those choices without the nanny state and some elitist telling us what’s best for us. The problem is that too many people are lazy and all too happy to let the nanny state tell them what is best for them and their children, which perpetuates the growth of the nanny state. We all need to stand up and say enough is enough.

      • Ted Crawford

        ” If the people let the government decide what foods to eat and what medicines they take , their bodie will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under Tyranny ” Thomas Jefferson

      • Mary-Lee

        In this instance, it has absolutely nothing to do with anyone caring about your health.(that’s your job and no one else) Please, understand it has to do with controlling you, making you a zombie, taking your freedom of choice away from you, and training children to think like that. LONG LIVE THE CUPCAKE!

      • Ken

        I have to interject folks and agree with Rob {there’s a first time for everything!} – Monsanto

        IS a great evil to people around the world – if any of you disagree it’s only because you

        are unaware of what they have been doing to our food supply – Rob (gasp!) is right -

        we are being poisoned by this company and sterilized by their foods…..see below.

        http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/08/tthe-most-evil-company-on-the-planet-monsanto.aspx

        http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/09/hungary-destroys-all-monsanto-gmo-corn-fields.aspx

        http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/31/Monsanto-Named-in-50-Cancer-Lawsuits.aspx

    • http://www.facebook.com/agi.groff Agi Groff

      Dear JimH

      I agree with you 100%!

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  • JimH

    Rob, Good thing Lori is there to save you and all the other drones from yourself.

    • Ted Crawford

      Perhaps you are so lacking in accountability and personal responsibility that you do need the Nanny Staters to make your decisions for you. You would, of course, be the best judge of that ! For the rest of us, we prefer to trust our own good judgement and accept responsibility for any mistakes we might make, the better to grow and mature!

  • http://Yahoo.com Bill

    This is a good thing. I don’t have a problem having other people tell me how I should live, what I should by or what I should digest, because I’m just to stupid to think for myself.

  • ConfusedAmericanCitizen

    These administrators could do with a few prunes themselves. How is it that all of us ‘ol folks are still around given all the terrible things that we have consumed in our lifetimes. And why is it that most of us didn’t have to worry about being overweight and being unhealthy while we were still in classrooms? As they like to say in academic circles, they must be missing a factor. Were these administrators able to understand the whys for algebra at all? Sweets might be one factor, but given the relative health of so many for so long in spite of them, there has to be something missing. And while they are at this ‘fight’ they might consider that these poor children, who are not being taught to think for themselves might put these raisins up their noses, or put out an eye by throwing them, or that those same raisins might cause a choke hazard being so small and all. When will it end?

    • RichE

      Didn’t you Old Timers have to walk both ways to school backwards and uphill? I bet that burned calories.

      • Whit

        Don’t forget the snow in winter!

  • TML

    I guess the parents in Easton need to speak up if they don’t want these policies.

    Of course, if the children are still allowed to bring their own sweets in a packed lunch, then I don’t see too much of a problem. You want your kids to eat cupcakes, pack em in their lunch.

    But then it also seems pretty lame to ban these items from celebrations. How many damn celebrations are we talking about here? Why not give the kids a treat… that’s what celebrating is all about. Leave the fruit, applesauce, crackers or raisins for daily lunches.

    • ConfusedAmericanCitizen

      A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

      The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day. And they sent home a bill for the ‘nutritional’ lunch the nanny state provided her to boot!
      http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=8762

      • TML

        I’m aware that individuals can and will abuse their authority based on their own interpretations. Still, even in the example you provide, it was a ‘person inspecting lunches’ (as part of local policy) that acted on their own interpretations. Just as in the story of this blog, it is the policy makers of Easton District schools, which makes up about 7 schools in that area. My primary point is that parents should make themselves heard at that same local level… parents need to stop being lazy and get out there to school councils etc. These policies are not universal, for example, here in Texas in the districts I live, they don’t make policies such as the ones you and Bryan Nash provide here.

        I understand that some things trickle down from the Department of Education, but it’s my opinion that such federal entity should be abolished.

        • ConfusedAmericanCitizen

          I agree with you that parents need to be involved, maybe to a greater degree than other freedom loving citizens when these things happen, but the ‘inspector’ in this case was from a federal office, who was visiting schools in the area. What I would really like to know is what makes a person who isn’t the legal guardian decide that they need to randomly inspect what parent’s are feeding their kids? I can understand when there is probable cause, like maybe smelling alcohol in a thermos, but for the Fed to decide to come into a school and randomly ‘inspect’ what people are feeding their kids is an overstep. To decide to over ride a parent and then charge them to feed those kids junk, provided by government resources is absurd.

  • http://gravatar.com/smash44 smash44

    Cupcakes, frosting, pies, cakes, etc. I couldn’t give a hoot. But I don’t think any birthday or personal-type celebrations should be the norm in a public school. I’m not paying school taxes so the kids can have a little fell-good party. The teacher make darn good money and outrageous benefits (not to mention working only 180 days a year, six hours a day to play party-Moms and party-Dads. Get rid of all celebrations. And before you all go off on me, calling me Scrooge and whatever, forget about. I don’t care what you think. Make the teachers teach, not supervise playtime on my tax dime. And BTW: I’m a rock-hard conservative and Tea Party member; just don’t like paying for stupid taxpayer-funded parties. That’s all folks!!!!

    • ConfusedAmericanCitizen

      I am a ‘rock-hard conservative and Tea Party Patriot as well, but have to disagree. I agree that teachers need to teach. How to act in social situations is something that needs to be taught. Room parents are the ones that provide for these celebrations and they are not all day events. Raising a cupcake toast to President’s Day (I know, don’t go there) is not something that I would disagree with if it made learning fun. This does not conflict with teaching time. However, the idea that everytime a new movie came out, my kids saw it first in the classroom really chaps me. What are kids doing sitting in front of the tube at school, watching liberal propaganda……oh yeah, I guess I just answered my own question didn’t I?

  • Steve Furman

    Stupid!!! – like a occasional cupcake is going be a health hazard. The physocological loss of not celebrating the occasion with a special treat is far mor damaging. Even a 2 year old would know that there is nothing special about raisons, crackers or applesauce,there ordinary food. Lets suggest that the wacos who are comming up with this try this and see how they feel. Lets see them celebrat by giving up their acoholic drinks and fancy food for theier celebration.!!! and eat juice and a salad to celebrate.

    • ConfusedAmericanCitizen

      Steve, I would suggest that the wacos who are coming up with this are smoking their celebration….or snorting it! They are definitely killing brain cells and have been doing so for quite some time…..or maybe they have just grown up in the public school system..

  • FEDUP!

    When you give them an inch, it is one thing after another until all freedom is history! WAKE UP!

    • http://www.facebook.com/trish.talaugon Trish Talaugon

      Totally agree with FED UP!

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  • Mary Ann Ludwig

    When did cupcakes become “junk food”? When did cake? When did a single party in a classroom become the devil’s work? Kids can enjoy a party once in a while without suddenly ballooning up to 500 lbs or having a heart attack because of the evil sugar involved in a cupcake and a couple of jelly beans. All that “healthy” food is bunk. There is probably more sugar in a cup of raisins than there is in a cupcake. (don’t know, but I’m sure there is lots of sugar in raisins because it is concentrated grape sugar). Really people. This nanny-ism must stop. A few cookies or cupcakes are still made from grain, eggs, sometimes milk and a little sugar. None of which will destroy the health and well being of a child. We are not talking force feeding them pounds of sugar on a daily basis here after all. It’s a PARTY. They only happen once in a while. Cake, cupcakes, candies, etc. set the day apart from the ordinary and make it special. Who are these know-it-alls who think they are responsible for the welfare of the entire world? They should be rounded up and subjected to verbal abuse.

  • Sanity Perhaps

    Since when had cookies and cup cakes been considered ‘junk’ food? What the hell is NOT junk food? Can veggies can be considered junk food because their processed.. Real natritional foods like garden vegies and fruits are saturated with different traces of poisons.. Traces aren’t dangerous but many traces can kill you. Cookies and cup cakes are energy food but because there is no longer recesses and PE, the system itself places them in the catagory of junk food.. substituting synthetic sweetners for real sugar creates junk food.. Allowing Big corp to dictate to the FDA what should pass and what should fail is junk politics.. I see a new focus in the very near future, I see private education as the alternative to lack luster teachings, dumbed down SAT’s and nanny control.. Once it catches on and the fed funds dwindle because of the lack of pupils then maybe.. just maybe.. they will regain their sanity and go back to their original projective, to teach.. Making outlandish rules and regulations then employing gestapo tactics in order to enforce these rediculous policies is wrong but you can’t convince them of this.. The only way they will comprehend is if you take their money away from them. Today a GED is level in authority to a high school education.. Send your kids to elementary then when they graduate, choose home study as the alternative and take the education institutions down a few notches. Say you don’t have the time to teach your kids? That your schedule can’t include time for your child? Then use the education system as a cheap baby sitter and stop complaining when they make idiotic rules in their own home.

  • afdbghq

    “The healthiest foods to eat are foods from the earth,” added Food Service Director Penny Spellberg.. Lets see, Wheat (flour) is from the earth. Sugar is from the earth. Cream is from the earth as cattle eat the grass and other foods and then product the cream. So, if I am not mistaken almost everything we eat is “from the earth”. Again, it is not what we eat but how much of it we eat and more importantly how much exercise we get.

    As of now our children are not getting physical exercise in school anymore. I heard that only about 3-4% of public grade school students get any structured physical exercise in school.

    When I was growing up we did not have any of the reduced sugar foods that are available today. Our soda was loaded with sugar as was our breakfast cereal. A large proportion of our food was fried and fried in grease. The difference was that we had mandatory physical fitness in school. We did not sit in front of the TV all day and night. We did not have cell phones, computers, video games, etc., etc., etc. What we had were friends which we visited but more importantly we were outside playing all sorts of physical type games with them.

    Stop attacking the foods and concentrate on educating our children on the importance of physical activities and moderation in what we eat.

  • ves

    who hires or votes for these twits…..don’t parents ever put a stop to this over reaching bull any more???

  • terris

    smash44,

    I don’t know whwere you get your infotrmation, but teachers work one hell of a lot more than 180 days a year and 6 hours a day.

    They usually have July off, but they work in June and in August. As for their work dsay, once the students have gone home they grade papers, tutor those who need it, work out lesson plans, and most of them supply the standard materials (pencils, paper, notebooks, erasers) for their classroom.

    Do you have any idea how much time it takes to grades and correct papers for 30-35 students? Iit takes one hell of a lot of time. Most of which is done at home.

    They, also, have to take classes themselves because they are required, by law, to get a certain amount of continuing education credits.

    Did you know that 2/3 of parent/teacher conference requests (remember those?) are not even returned by the parents, let alone have the parents show up for them? Back-to-school night iis barely attended. Anything that takes more time, and energy, than making sure they get off to, and that they have some kind of lunch, is simply not done.

    2/3 of the parents believe that it is the teacher’s job to teach their children manners, and to teach them about the parents religion. IT IS NOT THEIR JOB! Those are the parents jobs.

    • ConfusedAmericanCitizen

      This doesn’t seem to be the case where my kids went to school.
      Papers were corrected in class by passing your paper to the right and having a neighbor correct it. So, the taking it home thing was pretty much bypassed.
      Tutoring is something that a parent has to pay someone else to do, but the school district has a list of tutors to choose from.
      Classes are required by law for the teaching staff, but this district calls service days where the kids either get those days off or the day ends or starts late in order for the teachers to take them thus using teaching time and not cutting into personal time.
      I do remember teacher parent conferences. In my day they were done after school, after the work day. Now they are done in the middle of the day and with most parents working it isn’t always possible to take the day off when the school determines an appearance.
      I would also like the to know your source for the 2/3 of parents who believe that it’s the teacher’s job to teach their children manners and religion. Manners are something that is started at home but reinforced at any opportunity given. Manners are something that should be expected and if not given, handled but that is not the same as having the full brunt of teaching manners. And religion? Where do you get that? You might be asked to respect a child’s religion but to teach it is a stretch.
      It has been my experience that the school district here took on more than it had a right to take on because they didn’t see parents as a viable option whether the parents were ‘present’ in their children’s lives or not. The assumption that a parent didn’t care because that parent was unwilling to dance to the school system’s tune isn’t accurate or fair.

  • jopa

    What the heck is going on here.Those darn schools teaching kids good nutrition.It looks like the last twenty years was a cupcake fest. When did they get into this teaching thing again, I thought the last time they taught any body anything was on my last day of school.Just kidding.

  • 4loveofcountry

    What a party “pooper”! A little cupcake with FRoSTing never hurt anyone!

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