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October 22, 2009
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New York City students have baked their way into school field trips and money for charities, but now the department of New York education declared that bake sales will be banned all through the state. Believing child obesity among school children is the result of this, the Department has banned bake sales as a part of their new "wellness" policy. The rule states that the student selling of baked goods is prohibited until after 6:00 P.M, where goods can be sold at sporting events, shows, etc. Parent groups like the PTA (Parent-teacher association), however are allowed to sell once a month, after lunch hours are over.
The ban gives a harder time to schools trying to earn money, because of budget difficulties. Bake sales have proven to be highly profitable toward schools with young people because the start-up costs are very small. Allie, a Roslyn High School freshman, agrees that bake sales are needed for school supplies. “I think it’s wrong for schools to ban bake sales because a lot of schools need the money to be raised. Our school could really use the money for new uniforms.” Allie also commented on the bake sales apparent cause of child obesity. “I feel that it is the student’s choice to eat the baked goods. If they want it, let them have it.” Jessica, another Roslyn High School freshman, had a different opinion. “I feel that children can not always stay away from items such as cupcakes and brownies. It might be better if the amount of bake sales were limited, and only allowed students to buy one item.”

New York Education advisors are having trouble coming up with substitute product for students to sell. A plan of advertising healthier foods has come into play. However, the department needs to consider if students will go for items like vegetables. Allie and Jessica don’t think so. “Students might not like the healthier foods. This way, the schools are gaining less money, Allie shares. Another plan to think about is the idea of not selling food products altogether. Alternate programs are being conducted throughout New York schools, such as walk-a-thons, as a healthy way for students to earn money for their schools.





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silberrrxox95 said...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 8:29 am
I think that this is a very good debate between having bake sales and having vegtable sales.
 
Urbs2013 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 29, 2009 at 8:18 am
school has limited freedom for long enough...THIS IS THE LAST STRAW!
 
Lmarkus859 said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm
I agree. my school definitely needs the money for so many things. All of the clubs have bake sales, and they raise good money. This is obviously not the only thing causing child obesity. This actually helps us.
 
Girl with a opinion said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm
I think that the bake sales are not to blame.
They bring Joy and are super fun for the people in them. And i belive that its the students fault and choice to eat those thing. Bake sales have been going on forever, longer then the obesity problem.
and also, we are in a depression and school need the money against the budget cuts and raising money should be fun, like bake sales!
 
Sandddygirl78 said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 6:10 pm
WOW! how upsetting!! I absolutely love when my school has bake sales
 
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