For kids in grade school that have a birthday during the school year, the classroom birthday party is a major event. Usually mom or dad drops off cupcakes, cookies or some other sweet treat and some juice so the whole class can wish the birthday boy or a girl a very special day. But many schools are now imposing what is affectionately termed "cupcake bans," prohibiting parents from bringing any sweet treat in for a classroom celebration.
The latest school to institute a "cupcake ban" is the Edmunds School District in a suburb of Seattle. They are pushing parents to bring in alternatives like stickers and pencils for birthday parties in an effort to make the school and the classroom healthier. This really has nothing to do with allergies, either. Homemade baked goods are already a no-no in most schools because of the risk to kids with severe allergies. This new ban has everything to do with battling the country's childhood obesity epidemic.
Parents are really split on the issue, however. Some think its great, because buying cupcakes and cookies for the entire class is expensive; others say it's ruining harmless fun and that childhood obesity isn't going to disappear because once a month kids get cupcakes at school.
In a survey of Today show viewers, 83% said schools should not ban cupcakes and sweets for birthday parties, and only 17% said it was a good idea.