Ridgeland School District 122 continues to emphasize the importance of education and choice to promote a healthy lifestyle for pupils. One of the goals of the Wellness Program is to develop collaboration between parents, support organizations and our schools to limit minimal nutritional value foods during school hours. The Wellness initiative supports these celebrations and understands the value they offer students from an educational standpoint. Healthy eating is a lifestyle activity where having food choices and the ability to exercise moderation is the most effective way to achieve optimum personal health.
Many parents also provide class “birthday treats” to help celebrate their child’s special day. Parents are limited to bringing in birthday treats from the items listed below. Please note that individual classrooms may prohibit certain items due to health or food allergies.
Ridgeland School District Employees will not provide food to students between the hours of 8:40am-3:10pm in the elementary buildings and from 8:00am-2:30pm in the middle school. Foods used as part of the Ridgeland School District 122 Board approved curriculum will be allowed, provided the school front office has a signed permission slip from the parent stating that their child will be participating in the curriculum activity that involves nutritional valued food products.
The list is divided into two options for parents “edible and non-edible” treat options.
NON-FOOD OPTIONS FOR STUDENT CELEBRATIONS
Each item shall not exceed $5.00 in cost unless it is a class gift such as a book or game. All items must be age appropriate.
Book for the Class Library
Novelty items appropriate for school
HEALTHFUL FOOD AND BEVERAGE OPTIONS FOR STUDENT CELEBRATIONS
All items listed below must be store bought in the original package material and individually wrapped by manufacture. Food products must contain no peanut products or nut oils. Store bought and packaged items provide more security and identify the content of the food product by label.
Fruits and Vegetables
Individually packaged by manufacturer raw vegetables sticks.
Individually packaged by manufacturer Fresh fruit.
Individually packaged by manufacturer sliced fruit.
Individually packaged by manufacturer dried fruits such as raisins, cranberry, strawberry, apricot, apple and etc.
Individually packaged by manufacturer 100% fruit or vegetable juice.
Snacks with lower sugar or fat content and no transfat or peanut products or peanut oil
Individually packaged by manufacturer pretzels, popcorn or reduced fat crackers.
Individually packaged by manufacturer reduced fat cookies.
Individually packaged by manufacturer 100 calorie snack pack.
Any questions, contact your building principal. Your support for the Wellness initiative is very important. Without the shared belief that the health of our children is of critical importance the Wellness program will not succeed. Thank you for your cooperation.