UPDATE (12/15/15): Students made their bake sale presentation during School Committee Meeting and said that they found bake sales are more lucrative than alternative fundraisers. See presentation at bottom of this post.
As promised in June, the Wellesley School Committee is again taking up the issue of whether or not bake sales — popular fundraisers for all sorts of activities in Wellesley and elsewhere — will be disallowed within the school system.
A presentation by Wellesley High School Student Congress reps, who will discuss their experiences with alternative (non-bake sale) fundraisers, is on the committee’s agenda for Dec. 15 at 7:45pm.
Some Wellesley High students launched a Change.org petition in May in an effort to save bake sales and have more of a say in any changes related to them.
The bake sale issue actually goes beyond town politics, as states and communities are reacting to federal regulations enacted last year that stem from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. There’s been some thinking that Massachusetts might seek a waiver on compliance.
No word on whether refreshments will be served at the Tuesday School Committee meeting, where the WMS and WHS programs of studies, the 2016-17 academic calendar and the WPS administration’s FY17 operating budget are also to be discussed.
In other news Sprague School’s Annual Cookie Walk last week sold over 600 dozen cookies — not during school hours. Money raised goes toward teachers’ funds for their classrooms, field trip transportation, new technology, and bringing in creative arts and science programs to enrich Sprague children’s learning experience.