Once in a while, I need to get on my proverbial soapbox and scream. The government is enacting a law doing away with school bake sales. Our political leaders may not be thinking about this logically so … as citizens we need to start the discussion and let our voices be heard.
I believe a typical elementary school averages three or four bake sales a year. A bake sale is a fund raiser to help pay for special supplies or events. You also need to know there are 180 school days in MA. Over those 180 days a student or citizen would have the opportunity to buy a special PTO treat four different times during the school year. In most cases a parent is providing the funds to buy the treat, logically meaning the child has parental consent. Now comes the simple math, 180 days divided by four treats you get the number 45. This means on average once every 45 days a child is offered a chance to buy a treat and in most cases is given parental consent to buy that treat.
Now think about how many times during that 180 days our state government provides our schools weekly food items such as muffins, bagels, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, pizza, hot dogs. They need to stop worrying about the four times a year a parent may buy a PTO treat for their child and fix the real problems. Keep bake sales out of the law!