Will Wake County School Board Turn Nanny?

Schools all over the country rely on fundraising drives to support their sports teams, music activities and more. Many schools opt to raise money through candy sales. Wake County schools are no different, but the School Health Advisory Council has issued a recommendation to the Wake County school board to end the practice.

It is worth noting that the School Health Advisory Council is housed under the Advocates for Health In Action, which has been a large advocate for First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ initiative.

ABC 11 reports:

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — 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.

Currently, the Wake County school board has a lot of unfinished business on their plate:

  • Fighting with the County Commissioners over building school and other various budget battles are on the horizon.
  • Putting armed guards in schools has been tabled; instead the board has opted to assign a ‘task force‘ investigating violence in schools.
  • Still has no consensus on the student choice assignment plan – again.
  • Vacant board positions still need to be filled, in addition to waiting four months to hire an out-of-state firm to fill the Superintendent position. The board is actually meeting today, March 6th, to discuss the search.

All of this is on the school board’s plate, yet they apparently fast-tracked hearing about cutting candy out of fundraising — an issue that the PTA’s  really should be dealing with on a school by school level based on their local needs and situations.

So, is the message parents and schools are getting is that the school board drops everything in order to nanny schools, ala Mayor Bloomberg ‘soda ban’ style, while more important items simmer on the back burner?  Our schools are already suffering on a number of levels, is candy offered in fundraising kits really a top priority?

The parents, PTA members and kids depending on these fundraisers should be the ones making this call, not an overreaching board or council. Perhaps that call will be made at the ballot booth next election cycle.


About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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