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October 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM


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

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  • Sisteract
    October 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Snowflakes do not need super sized portions or ice cream during the school day.

    No kid was ever permanently damaged from eating appropriate proportions, and nutritional meals devoid of sweets.

    AND seemingly FEW parents/adults/ teens have the personal responsibility necessary to make the best food and exercises choices all on their own.

    Teachers, incentives, treats...kids aren't show animals.

    I know, liberty, nanny state, blah, blah.

    None of it matters when you're prematurely dead d/t your terrible habits- the schools (we, we are the schools) do not need to perpetuate the problem.

  • romalove
    October 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

     In NJ they passed a law a few years ago that makes bringing any foods into school that weren't "nutritious" illegal.  They had a crazy formula for figuring this out.  For example, fat free Italian ices were banned because they are sugar and water so have no nutritional value, but full fat ice cream (because it has some calcium and protein) were permitted.  The ices would be a better choice for kids watching calories, but they can't have it.  You can have a cupcake but you can't put candy corn on top.  You can have chocolate bars but you can't have marshmallows.

    It is insane.

  • GotSomeKids
    October 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Funny, our school is doing a "Twisties" fundraiser, but it is after school hours and at a off campus location.  The thing about it is, since it is in the community, we get other kids to partake in this awful stuff called ice cream. 

    Although, I do agree with one thing.  I don't think we should be giving kids ice cream during school hours.  Those poor teachers having to deal with all those kids hyped up on ice cream.  But, I don't have a problem with them doing  a fundraiser at an afterschool event or off the campus.

  • radioheid
    October 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    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.

  • tooptimistic
    October 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I agree..
    This is seriously stupid!!!!

    What is the big deal with selling ice cream ONCE A WEEK??  That's moderation, and raising money for the school.  Big deal.. How terrible.. Not ice cream once a week.

     

    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.


  • Billiebeth
    October 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM
    Not at lunch maybe, but I have bought fruit baskets, stew making kits, steaks, hams, and turkeys from kids with thr FFA.

    That being said, I don't know how my state can say skittles are junk food but nestle ice cream drumstick is fine.


    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.


  • 1stpreggers
    October 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM
    This is getting ridiculous! They should just send kids home for lunch !
  • tooptimistic
    October 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    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.

  • GotSomeKids
    October 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    clapping

    How about properly funding a lunch program so CAN give them correct portions of good food and properly fund education so we don't have to have ice cream fundraisers.

    Oh wait, that is asking way too much.

    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.


  • JoshRachelsMAMA
    JRM
    October 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM


    Quoting GotSomeKids:

    clapping

    How about properly funding a lunch program so CAN give them correct portions of good food and properly fund education so we don't have to have ice cream fundraisers.

    Oh wait, that is asking way too much.

    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.


    Michele is ornamental, not functional. She needs to play her position.

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