Victory in the Cupcake War
But Détente on the Pizza Front
Score a victory for the children of the Nauset region’s schools! Cupcakes are still permitted for birthday parties in the region, despite the misgivings of school committee members like Sarah Blackwell of Eastham. Blackwell appears to have been the driving force behind the misguided “wellness policy” that caused us to label Superintendent Richard Hoffmann “The Grinch that stole cupcakes” last June.
Under the revised wellness policy, kids may still have cupcake birthday parties at school on their actual birthday. However, use of “food rewards” as an incentive for students – such as the traditional pizza party for an outstanding class – are off the menu. No longer will kids receive candy, gum or soda as a reward for good academics or behavior. As the Cape Cod Times reported today, “class rewards involving food would pair a food with an activity to teach kids the relationship between the two – so, for example students might walk to an ice cream shop.”
Oh yes, that’ll motivate the kids. Not!
At any rate, we appreciate that school board members came to their senses before they maintained the Draconian policy originally approved in May.
The concept of practicing good nutrition in the schools is commendable but only up to a point. We fear that the misguided actions of individuals like Ms. Blackwell tend to rob our youngsters of childhood’s “magic moments”. This reminds us of “Bad Santa” making children cry at Christmas.
Meanwhile, go to any ice cream shop during the summer and witness the huge ice cream dishes that parents order for their six-year-olds. Nauset can feed the kids brown rice until it comes out their ears and then Mommie Dearest can comfort them with soda pop and sweet treats as soon as they arrive home. Good nutrition begins at home!
Kids know what they like and are sublimely clever. You can’t “reward” a kid with a glass of Metamucil and tell her it is soda pop or hand her a celery stick in lieu of pizza. They’ll tell you exactly where to insert your celery stick and will find something unspeakable to do with the liquefied fiber. In terms of “cause and effect” - when the schools start handing out low fat bran muffins will they have the kids clean the bathrooms afterwards or will Ms. Blackwell and friends volunteer to do that?
Cape Cod Today is proud to have played a part in foiling this cupcake-filching policy. We hope the district will eventually come to its senses about the classroom rewards issue, as well.