Are classroom parties and celebrations allowed?

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Parties and celebrations are fun! And, we want your students to have fun with you during the school day too! When these events involve food, it is important to make parents aware in advance, so they know when these events are happening and what food is going to be served.  The school's administrators should determine ways to highlight seasonal events and birthdays in a way that is age appropriate and provides equal opportunity for each student to be involved.  When food and beverages are provided for such activities, the use of healthy foods in appropriate portion sizes is encouraged.  

For parents, teachers, and school administrators looking for ways to celebrate without using food, please check with your student's school to get a list of non-food celebration ideas.  This list is especially helpful for parents who want to recognize their child's birthday at school, but they don't want to celebrate with cupcakes or cookies.