Bake sales. This once-every-two-month, or maybe non-existent treat for most schools are pretty common events at BSGE. Most students have taken advantage of these delicious events, going into the corridor in search of a what more-than-likely is a tasty snack. Others, however, groan in frustration because a) they don’t have enough cash b) they want food but don’t want to spend cash c) they’re just plain tired of the same food items being displayed over and over again in these sales d) some other reason.
There are many people who enjoy these bake sales, claiming that these dessert items are one of the things that they look forward to each day. According to Sophia C ‘19, bake sales basically equals food, and, well, food is good. Obviously, she has a point. It’s basically common knowledge that for the most part, cafeteria food plain sucks. If the bake sale has some partially substantial food such as donuts, dumplings, fried rice, or samosas, many students would be willing to pay the dollar or two instead of eating the mystery meat available for lunch that day. Even if students bring in their own lunch, desserts such as brownies and carbonated soft drinks are usually not included. Bake sales give these students a chance to purchase drinks and desserts of their choice.
However, not everyone views the sales as a good thing. Some students, like Sunny J. ‘19, think that they cause us to spend too much money at once since many bake sales are literally back to back and then all of the sudden, there are none for a long time. Others, like Matthew D. ‘19 are allergic to foods provided at bake sales and dislike them because they can’t eat anything that is being sold.
Bake sales are also claimed to contribute to childhood obesity. Many of the food items sold at these events are often fattening and contain many calories and are considered unhealthy. In 2010, Michelle Obama started a program called the “Let’s Move,” for child obesity had become such a big problem in the US. This program basically encourages students to eat healthily and exercise in order to prevent further increase in child obesity.
The First Lady realized that kids in the past had gotten a lot more chances to exercise, going outside to play in the free time they had, while kids now choose to spend their free time in front of their TV or computer, never going outside and moving. According to her, home-cooked, and therefore healthier, meals were made more often in the past, while in the present, parents would prefer to place some food their children enjoy eating, like frozen pizza or burgers, in the oven for a quick ten to twenty minutes rather than actually take time to make something that their kids may not even like.
To help partially solve this dilemma of healthy eating, Mrs. Obama has encouraged schools to provide a salad bar with a variety of vegetables each day, as well as fresh fruits. To further help the situation, a federal health rule was created that allowed infrequent bake sales at schools, depending on the limit given by each state. This is basically saying that the number of bake sales a school is limited to a number given by the state the school is in.
Somehow, BSGE remains unaffected by all this commotion going on about bake sale bans. However, it probably would be a good idea to think about how we could bring healthier foods to the bake sale tables that other students will eat, for both dessert and for lunch. Such food items may include Caesar salads, fruit salads, homemade fruit smoothies, yogurt and fruit parfaits, turkey sandwiches with lettuce and tomato slices. Bake sales are a large part of the BSGE school community, helping with fundraising for events like the senior prom, school dances, and sometimes aid other communities in need. So although it may be a little unhealthy, overall it very much helps build that social community with BSGE and helps with fundraising as well. This time, sweets win!