Last spring, students at Waccamaw Middle School in Pawleys Island, S.C., baked treats and sold them at lunch to raise $2,500 in about three weeks and send a local World War II veteran on a Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
It’s a good thing that money was raised for the last area World War II veteran — because, thanks to Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, there won’t be anymore where that came from.
The Honor Flight Network transports World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., and provides tours of several memorials there. It’s a worthy cause to support and an engaging way for junior high students to learn about American history.
But the new federal nutrition standards championed by Obama and imposed by an overreaching federal government now disallow the sale of such foods in fundraising events or at any other time during school hours.
True, students could sell fruit or low-fat milk — but who would want to buy it?
“It’s going to be devastating,” Georgetown County School Superintendent Randy Dozier told the Pawleys Island (S.C.) Coastal Observer of the effect of the new regulations on student fundraising efforts.
Waccamaw Intermediate School principal Tim Carnahan agreed.
“It’s definitely going to hurt fundraising,” he said after reviewing the new standards that the school district had provided to area principals.
And, as usual, the feds failed to tell local school officials everything they needed to know to implement the new guidelines. For example, Carnahan wasn’t sure whether after-school fundraisers using cookies and cupcakes might still be an option.
“Can I sell it after 2:30?” Carnahan wondered. “We’re kind of waiting on more information.”
But for now, “Milkshake Mondays and Biscuit Fridays are out,” the Coastal Observer reported.
“Maybe we’ll have Kiwi Wednesday,” Carnahan said.
Sure. Or Turnip Tuesday.
That ought to do it.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune