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Schools Say Bye Bye Bake Sale

birthdaycakeFirst it was the in-class birthday party. Now schools are kicking the bake sale off campus.

The reason? Say it with me now: childhood obesity.

In New York City, where the bake sale ban has just gotten the OK, the education department estimates forty percent of the students are overweight. Getting the sweets out of their faces is supposed to cut down the “I see food, I eat food” problem with America’s kids.

They suggest the kids come up with better fundraisers – say a walk-a-thon that will actually get them moving for the money.

For this mother who just handed in the sales form for her daughter’s soccer team fundraiser, the walk-a-thon sounds sweet. She’s four, and I’m already sick of peddling junk to the neighbors. Nor am I especially crazy about buying brownies from the cross country team and cookies from the Girl Scouts every time I turn around – a straight donation would be easier on my jiggly butt.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure there are enough people out there who will throw money into the kid’s jar and say “have a nice day.” People want something for their money. A walk-a-thon pledge isn’t giving them that.

Meanwhile, no one wants more knick knacks for the house, and you can only buy so many rolls of wrapping paper. With schools struggling in the economy, there are more kids running fundraisers to keep clubs and programs alive then ever before.

Which puts kids back at the food sales. And the eating.

In the vicious cycle, what should be lost: the healthy food or the funds?

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