(WTNH)– Cupcakes and birthdays are causing a lot of controversy in Iowa and Texas.
School administrators in Cedar rapids are considering changes to how students get to celebrate. Several proposals were made including one collective birthday each month for all students, another calls for only “healthy treats” like fresh fruits, and another calls for no birthday food treats at all, substituting it instead for extra activities or small tokens in the class.
“Our reason in doing this was the increase in severe food allergies in particular with nuts,” said Ann Langenfelt, Lincoln Elementary Principal.
“We can have fun and celebrate without food or without unhealthy foods. That’s the message we want to get across,” said Susie Poulton, District Health Services.
Administrators posted the choices online and 800 people responded within the first 24 hours and most complained that the school was overstepping. No word on when there will be a decision made.
Meanwhile down in Texas the agriculture commissioner is also talking about cupcakes. Strict nutritional limits were set back in 2004, banning sugary treats and the like.
For his first official act he’s promising to abolish bans on cupcakes, deep fryers and sodas in school.
“I think it’s just plain wrong to tell a mother or grandmother that they can’t bring cookies to school for their children’s, some type of party or celebration,” said Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner.
The commissioner says as long as school officials are on board he supports them.