Reclaiming Valentine's Day

Dana Woldowbyline‚ Jan. 30‚ 2013

The heart may be the most enduring symbol of Valentine's Day, but here's another image: second graders using giant "scoop" style corn chips to eat the neon pink frosting from atop their cupcakes. Every year, epicurean excess like this happens in classrooms nationwide during the ritual known as the "class party."

Despite the recent government-mandated move to healthier school meals, some of the worst food ever produced still turns up regularly in classrooms in the form of party treats. While there is nothing wrong with kids having the occasional cupcake or glass of punch, many parents and teachers feel that school parties have gotten out of hand.