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Apr 06, 2015

Should Cupcakes Be Banned in School?

If you’re in the mood for a cupcake, chances are you won’t find one in school. Since 2012, many schools have removed cupcakes and other sweets from cafeteria menus. That was one of the many changes brought on by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. The law set new nutritional standards for the nation’s public schools.

Now many schools are going a step further by banning cupcakes and other sweets from classroom parties. Supporters of such bans argue that schools shouldn’t encourage kids to eat unhealthy snacks. They also point out that some parents can’t afford to buy cupcakes for big class parties.

“[It] can be a real economic hardship for a family,” says Barbara Lloyd. She is the director of food services for the Edmonds School District in Washington State, which recently banned cupcakes and other sweets at classroom parties.

But not everyone wants to cut out cupcakes. Some say it’s OK to have a cupcake every now and then. Others argue that cupcake parties are a fun tradition that every kid should have the chance to experience.

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