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No more birthday treats for Mason City, Iowa, schoolkids

No more birthday treats for Mason City, Iowa, schoolkids

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MASON CITY — Elementary school students in Mason City will no longer celebrate their birthdays with snacks to share with the class. The Mason City Community School District has banned sweet treats — or even healthy ones — for birthday celebrations in kindergarten through sixth grade.

School officials said the new policy is an effort to promote healthy habits, avoid allergic reactions, deter economic inequality and devote more time to learning.

In lieu of snacks, elementary birthday boys and girls will hear their names announced over the PA system, receive a school gift, sit with a friend during lunch or be designated the teacher’s helper for the day.

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