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Some Schools Adjust Fundraisers to Meet New Nutrition Guidelines

Some Schools Adjust Fundraisers to Meet New Nutrition Guidelines

Some school bake sales are getting an overdue makeover.

Some school bake sales are getting an overdue makeover. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires schools to put on fundraisers with healthy food options.

Sharon Foster, a Dallas physical educator at James Bowie Elementary, said her school is no longer fundraising with candy sales, and instead sells the tieless elastic shoe laces Y-Ties, according to an Associated Press story published on CBS.com.

The measure enacted by the Federal government took effect last summer and the response from schools has been mixed. Many schools are choosing to sell non-edible items or "nutritious" foods over baked goods and candy bars, while others have failed to kick the sugar to the curb, according to the article.

While certain guidelines in the legislation request that schools limit unhealthy foods, there are exceptions. States that have infrequent numbers of fundraisers don’t have to apply, and each state is allowed to determine what “infrequent” means. The National Association of State Boards of Education has said that less than half of states have asked for that status. 

One parent, Susan Fox Pinkowitz, stepped in at her children’s school carnival at University Park Elementary in Denver to help offer nutrition bars and fruit instead of unhealthy snacks such as candy and fair food. According to Pinkowitz, the event raises quadruple what it did before adopting healthy foods, according to the article. 

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Article by Jason Papallo, Education World Social Media Editor

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