Local Boy Scouts spur restoration of school bake sales and brownie fundraisers
Schools may once again be allowed to host traditional fundraisers such as bake sales if legislation introduced by Senator Patrick Colbeck becomes law. SB 139 directs the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to return the decision-making authority back to schools with regard to the types of food they sell at fundraisers. Colbeck believes the Department went too far with its recent ban on non-approved food sales and its actions have hurt the ability of schools to provide extracurricular and social activities for students.
"I have heard from students, parents, teachers and principals about how this new policy is hurting their school's extracurricular activities," Colbeck said. "A Cub Scout came up to me at a recent event in my district to tell me how he was not able to sell brownies at his school to raise money for his troop. This policy is not only hurting our schools but it's also hurting non-profit organizations like the Cub Scouts and is an example of pure government overreach that needs to be addressed."
A new federal law that went into effect this past fall as part of Michelle Obama's plan to make school food healthier allows the MDE to dictate the number of "non-compliant" fundraisers schools may hold during school hours on school property. A non-compliant fundraiser is the sale of any food not on the Federally-approved "Smart Snack" list. Most of the foods traditionally sold to raise money for school activities such as baked goods are not on the approved list.
The MDE decided to allow zero non-compliant fundraisers across the board, severely limiting the ability of students to raise money for school trips, sports teams, and other organizations. In essence, this has meant the end of almost all food sales for fundraising events.
This bill directs the MDE to allow schools to hold up to two "non-compliant" fundraisers per week and puts the control back into the hands of the schools, parents and administrators. Senator Colbeck meets with members of a local Boy Scout Troop who came up to Lansing to testify in support of SB139 before the House Education Committee Agent Orange Town Hall to be held in Northville
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Senator Colbeck meets regularly with constituents in the district on Mondays and Fridays and at his office in Lansing Tuesdays through Thursdays. If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Senator, please contact Penny at (517) 373-5713 or toll-free at (866) 262-7307 to arrange a time that is convenient for you.
The next two scheduled office hours in the district: Plymouth
Date: Monday - June 8, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Plymouth Library
Address: 223 South Main St., Plymouth, MI Canton
Date: Monday - May 18, 2015
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Canton Twp. Hall, Lower level room (E)
Address: 1150 S. Canton Center Road, Canton