Students in Appleton, Wisconsin, may notice something missing from school holiday parties. There won’t be any cupcakes or other sweet treats. Starting this school year, students in public schools in the district are not allowed to bring in snacksfor celebrations.
Many other U.S. schools have similar rules. In Appleton, officials argue that students with food allergies were often left out of celebrations that had sweets. They also say that some students could not afford to bring in a treat for everyone in class. Supporters of this type of ban argue that schools shouldn’t encourage kids to eat unhealthy snacks.
But not everyone wants to cut cupcakes from classroom parties. Some people think it’s OK to have sweets for special occasions. They point out that no one has to be left out. Parents can send in snacks with safe ingredients for kids who have food allergies.