Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Good Grades Get Donuts?

KRISPY KREME's program to reward students on a donut-per-A basis has drawn less than tasty results.

West Palm Beach Florida school board member Debra Robinson said Tuesday, "Krispy Kreme doughnuts are very good, especially when the 'hot' lights are on, but I can't say that there's anything healthy about them. Can't we find something else? I mean a doughnut?"

True story. In the pudgy face of ballooning childhood obesity problems, the famous donut maker Cravers Click Here promises one sweet treat per A per report card. In conjunction with the program, school children from Kindergarten through sixth grade are encouraged to decorate donut posters with "success sprinkles" when students reach goals. The posters can then be submitted for a reward for the entire class-- a full set of donuts.

The donut program comes at a time when Palm Beach County has earmarked $1.4 million to fight childhood obesity promoting healthier lifestyles with nutrition and exercise programs. The district is also offering healthier school lunch menus.

The donut reward program is being offered to school systems nation-wide. Our nation is wide enough, though.