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Wellness Policy 9090 restrictions could have negative impact [Letter]

The Howard County Board of Education is considering expanding its restrictions (Wellness Policy 9090) on the types of foods which can be served at school events to include those sold via "concessions, celebrations, and vending machines."

I believe they have failed to consider the negative impact this could have. Many of the fundraisers in our schools either directly or indirectly involve the sale of food, and much of this food falls outside the Wellness Policy. The money currently raised allows extracurricular activities such as sports and after prom parties to be safer and more fulfilling to our students.

Wouldn't it be a shame if new restrictions caused some students to be excluded from extracurricular teams and clubs because they cannot afford the participation fees that would be required?

Jim Bothe

Ellicott City

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