A high-school sweets ban has kids in New Bedford, Mass. paying 50 cents a squeeze to enterprising classmates who smuggle plastic bottles of chocolate syrup into school.
A federal ban on flavored milk went into effect Aug. 1. To cope, students are buying squirts of chocolate syrup to flavor their lunchtime cartons of plain milk (low-fat or skim) at lunchtime. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 bans flavored milk and several other treats in meals served under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch Program.
At Greater New Bedford Vocational-Technical High School, the ban has sparked a brisk business in chocolate syrup, the New Bedford Standard-Times reports. The federal rule is overlapped by a state law regulating school lunch nutrition, according to the Standard-Times.
"Of course they got rid of dessert, (but) flavored milk ... I don't understand why we can't have that," one student told the paper.
Yesterday the teachers in Boston "settled" on a new contract. It should only be so good for private industry who for many have been lucky to take a cut in pay, not get a raise.