Wake County Schools

Health council wants to bar candy fundraisers in Wake schools

Posted March 5, 2013

— The days of candy fundraisers and bake sales could be numbered in Wake County public schools.

The Wake County Board of Education is expected to hear a proposal Tuesday night that would eliminate school fundraisers that involve unhealthy food and beverages in an effort to encourage and support a healthy lifestyle.

The Wake County School Health Advisory Council, which has submitted the proposal, says that "asking students and families to sell such items puts parents who try to practice healthy habits in a difficult position as they strive to support the school."

The 18-member council is comprised of community representatives in areas that include education, health, law, media and business.

The plan, however, does not recommend how schools could make up for the potentially thousands of dollars they could lose as a result.

Proceeds from the sales typically go to help fund athletic equipment and extra-curricular activities.

Candy bars Council calls for healthier Wake schools fundraisers

Last year at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, for example, concession sales raised about $25,000 to pay for the landscaping of athletic fields as well as sports equipment.

"We would not have green grass. We would not have our beautiful new football goals or our regulation soccer goals," said Shannondoah Deaver, president of the Athens Drive booster club.

Deaver says she worries that concession sales could plummet if the board enacts a ban on unhealthy food and beverages.

"It's not fair to the students," she said. "These kids come to school daily, and for a lot, (extra-curricular activities) are the best thing they have in their lives."

But Larry Bauder, chairman of the health advisory council, says the proposal is about providing better snack alternatives to students, not controlling what they eat.

"We’d like to make sure people have an opportunity to make healthy choices," he said. "There are other ways to raise money for schools, and it would be nice to look at alternatives."

Some clubs and athletic groups have already started trying to find other fundraising alternatives. For example, Broughton High School's band sells citrus fruit and will be selling mattresses. Athens Drive's lacrosse team sells mulch and pinestraw.

School board Vice Chairwoman Christine Kushner says the board will look at the practicality of the matter but that it doesn't want to undercut the boosters.

Schools in several other states, including California, Colorado, Mississippi and Texas, already have regulations aimed at promoting healthy eating.


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  • lessismore Mar 7, 2013

    This is government gone bad. Gov't tells what type light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, guns, we have to buy, and now they are taking candy from children. Too much gov't meddling. Slowly our freedoms are being taken away. Imagine telling us we can not eat candy.

  • righthere1234 Mar 6, 2013

    Adding yet another reason to the ever growing list of why my children are in private school...

  • kornfan2448 Mar 6, 2013

    Nice thing about fundraisers, you don't HAVE to buy what they're selling. If you want to support the school, there are many other ways you can contribute. Just let 'em sell the stinkin' candy for goodness sakes!

  • Nancy Mar 6, 2013

    "republicans want to save money, so they cut pe, while democrats are taking steps to cut obesity."

    Huh? Got any prove that republicans cut PE in any school system in this country? You'll have to provide a link.

  • rroadrunner99 Mar 6, 2013

    Here's an idea, lets stop the schools from selling anything. They are there to teach. While we're at it, lets reduce the price of the buildings, they don't need to be so fancy looking, that does not help teach a single student. If it isn't education ban it from the school and school grounds, for students,teachers and administrators.

  • peppercorns Mar 6, 2013

    This is dumb. Candy is unhealthy, gum is unhealty, Cookies are bad, cake is fattening, what's next? Pizza, tacos, and fried foods?
    Seriously I don't need the government telling me what is good and what isn't.

  • BubbaDuke Mar 6, 2013

    Next it will be Girl Scout Cookies. How about not send any of that junk home for the parents to have to push on their family and co-workers? It's overpriced, and the schools make a pittance in the process.

  • NiceNSmooth Mar 6, 2013

    Let's go one step further and actually have PE be an everyday thing in elementary school instead of a once a week special.

    and lets actually teach them a sport during PE and not turn the Wii on and let them dance around

  • NiceNSmooth Mar 6, 2013

    "The Admin has all but cut phys ed out for high school, but then complain about obesity." - yinyangtkdgirl

    ok, my children's school had almost all the 4 & 5th grade boys organize their own TOUCH football games at recess ... with no injuries Only to be called into the principal's office with calls home accusing them of assault

  • lessismore Mar 6, 2013

    I suppose school fund raisers is the only place a person can buy candy..... ridiculous. Too much government in our lives, it's none of their business if I want to buy candy.