There seems to be a movement to ban a much loved tradition in schools in the U.S…….that is the Bake Sale. How many parents have found out at bedtime that their offspring have committed to supply baked goods the next day? Mad rush to the grocery store and for those of us with the knack for baking an all-nighter to produce yummy treats taken to school with pride and then watched over by our kids to make sure that their stuff sells!…..and for the rest of us…..well store bought brownies disguised by clever decorating and pretty plates works too……but that’s not the point of my mulling today.
In some communities Bake Sales are now viewed as one of the many causes for unhealthy diet for our children. New York City placed a ban on Bake Sales in their public schools citing Bake Sales as a cause for too much sugar and fat in school age children’s diet. Seriously? In their minds let’s just cancel the Bake Sale, where the community comes together to support a common cause. A tradition of community where most of the offerings are fresh or home-made and an event where not only is much needed funding raised but the community comes together for some sharing and social time in a positive environment. Now what a wonderful learning experience THAT is for our children….but government is not logical or sensible….
Maybe banning Bake Sales avoids the really tough discussions and decisions that our city, state and federal governments need to make…..such as? How about high quality, affordable healthy meals served every day at schools?…No, much easier to just ban the bake sale…………….