School birthday policy causes stir in NH town
MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) -- A decision to only celebrate students’ birthdays once per month is causing a stir in Manchester, New Hampshire.
No more special cakes; just one group party a month is what the school board coordination committee voted in favor of.
“Being a kid and remembering and having those memories from school -- that was important to me. And I think that’s important to them too,” said Jessica Hayes, a parent.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having birthday parties in the class for the children,” said a parent.
A NEW POLICY SAYS ice cream and popcorn sales have to come down from three to two a week. And servings of juice can only be six to eight ounces.
“We do have to at least make an effort to comply with what the federal government is asking us to do or we risk losing some of our reimbursement funding,” said Sarah Ambrogi, school board member.
Fruits and healthier snacks are the goal. But one committee member voted to keep the cupcakes in the classroom.
“You want to recognize every child. You want to make them feel good,” said Debra Langton, school board member.
The policy now has to go before the entire school board.