Brooklyn Center Community Schools District #286 is committed to the health and wellness of each student. Birthday and other celebrations provide a unique way to shift the focus from foods with potential health risks (allergens, added sugars, etc.) to celebrating the child and creating an equitable, safe and inclusive environment for each student.
Parents who would like to acknowledge a child’s birthday in the classroom, please consider the following suggestions and be sure to talk with the teacher in advance to ensure it will work as planned. In order to keep the school a productive learning environment that is safe and inclusive for each student please do not bring foods, sweetened beverages or balloons into the classroom for celebrations.
Some ideas for families:
- Donate a book to the classroom library.
- Have a family member bring and read a book to the class.
- Bring in a t-shirt for classmates and teachers to sign.
- Provide non-food prizes such as small school supplies (pencils, erasers, stickers, etc.).
- Organize a game or craft for the classroom.
- Volunteer in the classroom.
- Visit the class and talk about celebrations in your culture.
- Share your favorite story/fable/myth.
- Teach the class a child’s celebration song.
- Be creative—come up with your own idea to celebrate at school without food.
Please note that due to health and safety concerns during the COVID19 pandemic, sharing foods and communal eating outside of cafeteria meal times will not be practiced.
Thank you for supporting your child, and each of the students, to learn, to be healthy, and to be the best they can be.