Cohoes Elementary School: No More Birthday Sweets
According to the Food Allergy Research and Education network (FARE), 1 in every 13 children in the United States under age 18 have food allergies and Abram Lansing Elementary in Cohoes doesn't want to take any more chances. So this means no more food brought in from home, including those tasty treats on kid's birthdays.
According to CBS 6 News, Principal Cliff Bird says he's wanted a procedure like this for years. Why? His biggest concern is the health of his students. Along with milk, eggs, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish, peanuts are among the most common foods that cause allergies and 20 of his students have some sort of allergy, causing parents to write letters in support of the move. Kelly Brady was one of them and she was all for it. She says as a mom of a five year old with peanut allergies, birthday celebrations at school don't have to involve food.