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What's Next on the School Force Food Agenda? School District Bans Ice Cream


School District Bans PTA Ice Cream Sales

School District Bans PTA Ice Cream Sales

Oct 5, 2012

By Todd Starnes

A New Jersey school district has ordered the PTA to stop selling ice cream to students on campus because the longtime fundraising violates state and federal law.

For years the PTA in Parsippany, New Jersey sold ice cream once a week on campuses across the district. The money was used to fund cultural arts programs and field trips for the students.

But earlier this week, the district superintendent sent a letter to the group informing the parents that those tiny cups of ice cream could no longer be sold on campus.

“We don’t know the full extent of the issue, but the PTA cannot sell ice cream during our lunch time hour,” PTA president Liz Kadian told Fox News. “It’s disturbing to many parents.”

Supt. LeRoy Seitz told Fox News that the district has no choice in the matter.

“While we fully understand that our students enjoyed the PTA ice cream fundraisers in the past and that the ice cream sale fundraiser was very successful for our PTAs, we cannot approve activities, including PTA ice cream sales that are in violation of state regulations,” he said in a statement.

The law forbids any food sale fundraising efforts during the “hours when our school nutritional program is in operation.”

“It is unfortunate that we cannot permit the PTA ice cream sales during the hours that lunch is being served and again, we have asked our principales to work with his or her PTA to find other opportunities to fundraise that are in compliance with state regulations,” he said.

“I think it’s ridiculous and a majority of the parents feel the same way,” Kadian told Fox News. “It’s a once-a-week treat.”

Dozens of parents are voicing their extreme displeasure about the new ice cream ban on the Parsippany Patch website.

“I can only imagine what will be next,” one parent wrote. “Will the school board start checking lunch boxes making sure that parents did not pack too many Twinkies or yodels?”

“Whether it is federal, state or local government-mandated, another piece of childhood innocence is being taken away,” another parent wrote. “How sad that an elementary school child can’t look forward to buying something as simple as an ice cream bar once a week.”

Last week more than 1,000 students at Parsippany Hills High School staged a strike against the cafeteria to protest federal guidelines governing portion size. As a result, a number of parents are now packing lunches for their children.

Kadian said she understands the USDA’s concerns over healthy lunches – but she noted that the ice cream they sold met state guidelines. The ice cream cups contained about four bites of – and the ice pops were sugar-free.

Teachers also used the weekly ice cream sale as an incentive – offering students the chance to earn certificates for a free treat.

But Kadian said the bigger issue is fundraising. Without the ice cream sales, many student activities could be jeopardized.

She said the PTA will be meeting soon to discuss their options.

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/school-district-bans-ice-cream.html

....I am only responsible for what I say,NOT for what you understand.....
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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parentalrights1
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM
Please. All this talk about how people need to get ever it because it is better for kids are full of it. I remember right before my schools started being "healthy" it was a lot of processed food and I went to a school where lunch was like a restaurant almost with delicious food and yes, some admittedly junk choices available, but after this healthy bullshit started happening, it got less healthy and more disgusting. I wonder if they aim to get kids to stop eating lunch cuz that's practically what we did. It was he same damn food in smaller more disgusting portions. Still had chicken strips and pizzas sometimes but they looked like soggy thawed out processed crap. Same with everything else. If schools were a halt serving fresh health food then fine, but they're serving processed junk that stray cats would hiss at
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_Kissy_
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM
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Chris Christie must want it all to himself.

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Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:57 PM

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.

And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.

I love my school!

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Of course the kids loved it.

Good Lord.

Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.

And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.

I love my school!


Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM
The food is distinctly healthier, as well as a healthier portion size.

Michelle Obama advocated for healthy changes, but she didn't legislate the actual changes. She has no real power as 1st Lady.


Quoting tooptimistic:

You know if the schools/ first lady really cared about school lunches, processed crap food would be off menu, and the lunch ladies would actually be making real food for lunch.


Not smaller portions of crappy processed food, but real homecooked food.  Its not rocket science, its common sense. 


Michelle Obama is barking up the wrong tree.


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Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM

 Actually everyone in the school enjoyed it.  And the ASBs charity choice will appreciate it also.

I love that our school does not follow the silly new policies.  The kids eat healthy and love it.  We are giving the kids what they will eat.  No hungry kids at our school.

Ice cream is offered as a choice but more yogurt and apple slices are sold.

Quoting Sisteract:

Of course the kids loved it.

Good Lord.

Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.

And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.

I love my school!


 

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM
I really hope this is a private schoo that receives no public funding for meals! That is disgusting!


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.


And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.


I love my school!


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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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I agree.

The sooner people learn that food is for fuel and not a reward, event, punishment, activity and highlight of the day, the better.

KIDS should be encouraged to develop a healthy relationship with food from the get go.

MOST Americans are deficient in this area.

It affects health and hc costs-

I would think that fiscal conservies would get it- it's $$$$$.

Quoting Bookwormy:

I really hope this is a private schoo that receives no public funding for meals! That is disgusting!


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.


And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.


I love my school!



Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
tessaloveof3
by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM
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Children do not develop a healthy relationship with food if they are told certain foods are forbidden from being sold at school.  Everything is fine in moderation and anyone that doesn't think that knows very little about nutrition and healthy eating habits and responsibility when it comes to food choices.

Quoting Sisteract:

I agree.

The sooner people learn that food is for fuel and not a reward, event, punishment, activity and highlight of the day, the better.

KIDS should be encouraged to develop a healthy relationship with food from the get go.

MOST Americans are deficient in this area.

It affects health and hc costs-

I would think that fiscal conservies would get it- it's $$$$$.

Quoting Bookwormy:

I really hope this is a private schoo that receives no public funding for meals! That is disgusting!


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.


And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.


I love my school!




Raintree
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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Allow me to complain about my local school district for a moment.

Every single year, kids have Columbus day off, but not MLK day- because they need to save days in case one of the highschool sports teams makes playoffs- also because 'they have very few colored students'.

If they make playoffs, all parents of elementary and middle school students have the fun of trying to find day care for every playoff game that usually starts around 1pm. This is so that teachers can attend the games.

When Obama did his school speech, they wouldn't allow it to be played in the district- because it was 'too political'. But when Bush did a similar speech- that was fine.

School lunches are still completely awful. You have a 'choice' of one, usually deep fried meat entree, followed by gray beans from a can, an 'iceburg' salad, and chocolate/strawberry or plain milk. The chocolate and strawberry each contain upwards of 26 grams of sugar. The chocolate is actually worse, but has less fat- they keep it out every day and serve the strawberry as a 'treat'. When you have fat in a sugary food- that generally keeps your blood sugar from spiking as largely- and therefore, it's better to have a full-fat sugary drink than one with just the sugar. You don't need insulin levels rising while drinking milk that contains high levels of insulin growth factor.

My son's third grade year was marked by numerous classroom discussions about the election. During one discussion, a classmate told him that since his father is Chinese and 'brown', that he isn't a real American and shouldn't vote. Also that Obama was going to take away the guns from whites and give them to blacks who he was going to let out of prison. The teacher responded to this by laughing and PATTING the white supremacist child (who belongs to some of my neighbors..) on the head, without contradicting that child. I actually asked if that happened, and she said that it had and then looked slightly embarrassed.

Every day, they said the pledge of allegiance- and the students would often shout the 'under god' part. Then they sang to the flag. To it. Every day.

So, here's the thing. We can yack all day long about how much leverage the federal government has on schools. But you know what? It almost all comes down to the local school district- and the state usually has quite a lot of say as well. Don't like what's happening in your schools? Talk to your local officials.

Quoting radioheid:

We've let this shit go too damn far. Our schools are turning into socialist perfection camps of political correctness, and it has been so subtle that people don't even notice. It is ridiculous.

They no longer give out "D"s and "F"s in the Warren City School District---those have turned into "I"s for "Incomplete". Nobody fails, you just have to take the tests over/make up the assignments to get a passing grade (a "C"). Bullshit liberal nonsense.

WRONG APPROACH, DEMOCRATS.

Nobody wants to buy fucking celery and spinach at the PTA fundraiser.


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