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No more candy fundraisers at Wake schools?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

We've all been hit up by friends, family, and coworkers: "My child is raising money for their school. Do you want to buy some [fill in the blank]?"

If one group has their way, school fundraisers from Wake County may not be peddling candy, donuts, or other junk food for much longer.

The School Health Advisory Council recommended to the Wake County School Board Tuesday that it change school policy to ban the sale of unhealthy foods at school fundraisers - even those that go on outside regular school hours.

Critics say it's a silly idea because PTAs and booster clubs rely on money from such fundraisers to collect the money they need to support school activities. They say nobody is going to opt for celery sticks over popcorn at a football game - for example.

"I understand trying to get healthier, but it's what kids will eat.  And at a fun event, they want something different, something fun that you don't have all the time," offered one woman.

But booster groups at some schools say they've made the switch to healthier foods for fundraisers and are having success.

Organizers at Roxboro Christian Academy say they just wrapped up a fruit sale fundraiser that included apples, pears, and oranges. Others are experimenting with healthier baked options.

The recommendation from the advisory council is just that - a recommendation - the school board has yet to take any action.

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