Getting Junk Food Out of Schools: One Teacher Making a Difference
|April 11, 2012||Posted by Stacy under Junk food in school|
Back in December, my son’s kindergarten teacher initiated “Star Student” weeks, which involved every child in her classroom getting a special week dedicated just to them. During their week, they were told to bring in things like a treasured pet, a special toy or book, their prized Lego minifigure collection, or their favorite snack to share with the class.
Well, most of us parents sent in sugary treats–which, on their own, may not have been a big deal. But when compounded with classroom birthdays and other school celebrations, they just became too much. So “Mrs. F” took the initiative to send a note home to the parents, explaining that Star Student snacks were meant to be nutritious, not cupcakes and cookies. Here’s what else it said:
“The class and I have talked about some of their favorite afterschool snacks…which include orange juice, yogurt, popcorn, cheese and crackers, ants on a log, apple slices and banana bread. If you could think of your child’s favorite snack for Star Student week, it would help us to learn more about him or her. Thanks for your help in keeping the class healthy and focused during school!”
Thank YOU, Mrs. F., for taking such good care of our children!
Concerned about all the treats in your child’s classroom? Start by talking to his or her teacher privately. Broach the subject carefully and without being critical. Ask if she has any ideas on how to encourage healthier snacks and, if it helps, offer to write a note for the children to take home to their parents (after all, the last thing we want to do is tax our overburdened teachers even more). And don’t forget to thank her for her dedication and hard work!