I read this morning that the Evesham (New Jersey) school district decided over the summer to ban all food — and non-food — treats from classroom birthday celebrations. According to South Jersey Local News, the change in policy was motivated by various past incidents involving food-allergic children. Non-food treats were included in the ban to relieve teachers of the burden of checking “goody bags” for banned food or small toys that could pose a choking hazard.
A child with celiac disease spoke at the school board meeting in support of the ban and this statement, in particular, stood out for me:
. . . we could have parties without any food. A party is fun when everyone can enjoy it equally. We can just play games and have fun without food at all.
For my list of 10 reasons why classrooms should be food-free, check out my Food-in-the-Classroom Manifesto, and feel free to download and share the Word version with your own school or school district.
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