Who benefits from this?

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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!

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6 Comments

  • I totally agree with you. As for what they could sell? I'll have to give it a little more thought…perhaps put on plays, talent shows, have a bake sale with whole foods like wheat bread, wheat/fruit muffins, grow veggies, herbs in a green house and sell fresh veggies in the winter when they can be hard to come by. I don't know…maybe some of these would be too difficult to manage with students, but if they put enough thought and effort into it it shouldn't be that bad honestly. Sometimes it is so easy to fall back on what you know rather then cut a path into new territory…but someone must take the first swing.

  • My son's school did wrapping paper and such for a long time, but they also do pie sales. I agree with you and do not participate in the pie sales. I don't buy pre-made, pre-packaged food anyway though. I make my own so that I know what my family is eating and, quite frankly, it tastes better 😉

  • I agree , but I would take it a step further. A basic education is a right in this country, and having children fundraise to pay for their education is ridiculous. After six hours a day in school, (much of that time wasted for various reasons) I think children should spend their at home time in the way their family sees fit, not working for the government.

  • Oh I’m done getting worked up about these days, too jaded now, not worth the energy. LOL… I’m just glad the other kids in school aren’t completely poo-pooing my son’s Swiss chard or kale dish for lunch. The teachers have a great attitude about what I send with my kids for lunch and the nurse and principal have not given me too much grief about the vaccine exemption, but the school still pushes baked sales 2X a year, photos, flea markets (Catholic school), Christmas candy-grams, Valentine candy sales, Halloween goodies, Christmas/Easter parties requesting parents to bring in cupcakes & other junk, ads in quarterly publications, donations of any kind for any reason, etc. It’s a losing battle. Besides that, most other kids and parents (besides myself and a handful of moms I talked to) LOVE spreading the Joy of Junk Food around. Really, they do. I live in an urban area and it is completely out of control with the junk food here. Even the employee at Trader Joe’s (which has all the “healthy” snacks you can ever want and more) tried to be “nice” to my kids by offering them lollipops, but my kids just stared at them blankly and did not put out their hand to take any. I had to quickly usher them away, explaining that they are not accustomed to eating candy and would be perfectly happy with the usual stickers at the checkout, thank you.

    We can only train our own and hope they will keep to all the good values we work so hard to instill in them!

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