A Connecticut middle school banned the exchange of Valentine’s Day candy in order to enforce healthy eating habits on its students. The school’s principal was backed by some of the teachers, who individually banned the exchange of candy in their classes.
It’s like the Grinch stole Valentine’s Day! Megan Mazzei, the principal of Harwinton Consolidated School sent an e-mail to parents, urging them to make sure no candy was attached in their children’s Valentine’s Day cards. Megan, along with some members of her staff did this in honor of a healthy eating initiative they are trying to enforce. No candy on Valentine’s Day? What a bummer!
Connecticut School Bans Valentines Day Candy
Principal Megan and some of her colleagues emailed the parents of their middle schoolers, discouraging them from attaching any pieces of candy to Valentine’s Day cards. “Our new school policy asks that students do not bring in candy or attach candy to their valentines,” one teacher wrote, reports Fox News.
Another teacher assured that not all is lost; her class would be exchanging Valentine’s Day cards they just “won’t be having a party.” Instead of a Valentine’s Day shindig, the students will participate in “academic activities” and they are encouraged to swap pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos and homemade cards instead.
Parents Outraged Over School’s Candy Ban
Stacey Sefcik, the parent of a fourth grader and a second grader at Harwinton Consolidated School was outraged by the ban.
“I’m totally fine with teaching nutrition and encouraging healthy choices,” she said. “I applaud their intent, but the execution has a lot to be desired,” she told Fox News, “It’s just candy for one day.” We agree! What could be so wrong with candy a little candy every now and then?
What do you think, HollyMoms? Did the school do the right thing?
— By Stephanie Sengwe