I was upset by a newsletter sent home by my son’s school principal last week. The first thing I read was that our school was able to profit approximately $10,000.00 by selling cookie dough. My first thought was WOW, that’s a lot of cookie dough. My second thought was WOW, what message are we sending to our kids?
We are in a rural area with a small population, so our elementary school only has around 800 students K-8, to put into perspective the volume sold. I fully understand the need for fundraisers, but I question this method. With convenience foods everywhere and our nation facing a serious health crisis as a result, I have serious reservations about “cookie dough” as a method for school fundraising. What happened to fruit sales? Future Farmers of America continues to do citrus sales year after year – proof that healthy foods have a place in this market. Why not choose something that benefits the school and sends a good message that supports healthy living?
Maybe I’m being sensitive, but I feel that elementary school is a place where we should be leading by example and promoting healthy living in all areas. When our schools have contracts with soda companies, fast food restaurants and fundraise by selling an unhealthy lifestyle, I can’t stand by and say nothing.
Who benefits from this?
Does your school offer a wholesome solution? I would love to hear it, along with your thoughts on the subject!