Celebrating the 100th Day of School Without Junk Food
|January 23, 2014||Posted by Stacy under 100th Day of School, Junk food in school|
The 100th Day of School is coming up at my kids’ elementary school, and this year, I’m hoping it won’t be another junk food spree.
Like many schools, ours celebrates the 100th day of the school year with activities related to the number 100. In the past, these activities have included making a 100th Day of School snack mix.
Here’s how it went down last year: My son’s first grade teacher sent home a memo asking students to count 100 “healthy” snacks (such as Cheerios, pretzels or raisins), place them in a plastic baggie, and bring them to class. The children then used all the different snack foods to create a special snack mix at school.
Boy, was I ever surprised when my son came home with a Ziploc containing mini marshmallows, candy corn, chocolate chips, M&Ms, yogurt-covered pretzels, Froot Loops and Cheez-Its.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who objects to their kid getting a bag full of sugary processed garbage on the 100th Day of School. In a post published on MomsRising.org, writer Debbie Koenig questions the logic. And just yesterday, a frustrated reader contacted me for advice after receiving this handout from her child’s teacher:
Planning a Healthy 100th Day of School
Our schools should be teaching our kids how to be healthy, not providing opportunities to load up on sugary junk. To that end, I’ll be talking to my child’s teacher about ways to keep it wholesome. Here are a three ideas that I plan to run by her–and hopefully will be of help to you, too:
1) Provide a healthy snack list
Distribute a detailed list of nutritious snack ideas (such as the one below) and remind parents not to bring candy. Better yet, provide a sign up sheet for specific items.
100th Day of School Healthy Snack List
- Dried fruit (raisins, apples, mango, cherries, cranberries, etc.)
- Freeze-dried fruit (apples, mango, strawberries, etc.)
- Whole-wheat pretzels
- Whole grain O’s cereal
- Annie’s Homegrown Whole Wheat Cheddar Bunnies
- The Good Bean roasted chickpea snacks (sea salt, sweet cinnamon or chocolate flavor)
- Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- Almonds, pistachios or cashews (if nuts are permitted)
2) Make 100th Day of School Fresh Fruit Cones
With the kids’ help, count 100 pieces of chopped, sliced or whole fruit (think berries, melon, apples, pears, bananas, kiwi, etc.) and arrange on a platter in the shape of the number 100. After admiring their handiwork, have the kids place a few pieces into an ice cream cone (such as Let’s Do Organic). Serve plain or top with yogurt or fresh whipped cream and sprinkles.
3) Skip the food
Avoid the snacks and and pick alternative ideas from this list on Busy Teacher Cafe.
How does your child’s classroom celebrate the 100th Day of School? Got any healthy ideas to add to the snack mix list? Please leave comments down below–and thanks for coming by!