WESTFORD (CBS) – Westford school officials are getting tough on classroom holiday parties.

They’re banning sugary snacks and sweetened beverages from the celebrations this year.

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Students are being told to leave the Christmas cookies, cakes, candy bars, and soda at home and to bring fruits, unsweetened juices, popcorn and raisins instead.

Superintendent Everett Olsen says the ban on holiday sweets has nothing to do with being politically correct, rather, his motive is simply promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“We aren’t trying to take the Christmas out of Christmas. We’re not trying to take the enjoyment out of children’s lives. We’re just trying to act responsible,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin.

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The school’s goal is to avoid the types of sweets that pile on empty calories and contribute to childhood obesity.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin reports

School officials say they’re also hoping to protect the growing number of children with severe food allergies.

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The new policy comes as schools across Massachusetts get set to implement stricter state-mandated food policies aimed at reducing child obesity.