LITTLETON (CBS) – It’s the start of the holiday season and school kids know that means holiday parties in classrooms. However, Massachusetts is cracking down on school sweets.
Less sugary foods are being served in cafeterias and vending machines. Littleton, though, is taking it a step further.
Littleton’s school system said elementary schools are now going to be limited to just four classroom parties that involve food per year.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports.
“At this age level, I do understand, we understand how very, very important birthdays are to kids, but if you have a classroom full of 23 students, that’s 23 days of treats at every classroom,” said Shaker Lake Principal Richard Faherty.
Faherty said they worry about kids getting too much sugar, but also kids with food allergies.
Shaker Lane PTA’s Katie Bonner supports the move.
“You know, this is part of the overall health and wellness policy to try and help kids understand that they can make some good choices and still have fun,” said Bonner.
Bonner said that with almost 30 kids in a classroom, that’s too many days of sweet snacking.
Kids in Littleton’s middle and high schools don’t have the same restrictions.