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View Poll Results: Should soda machines and vending machines be allowed in high school?
yes 13 31.71%
no 23 56.10%
unsure of how I feel about this subject 5 12.20%
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:18 PM
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I voted no. I don't think they need soda in school.

I work at a private boarding school and all soda machines (in the dining hall) were changed to juice and ice tea. This happened at the beginning of the past school year. The kids really don't seem to mind it.

They can purchase soda at the campus center, though.

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Old 07-28-2007, 06:04 PM
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Well, I guess DeBora and I are alone at the moment-in comments anyway. I think in High School kids should be allowed to make the choice-you'd be surprised with the # of kids who would choose water over the soda most days and if they have a soda at school-so what! they probably won't have soda at home-especially if their parents would prefer the soda machines not be in the school.
I believe they have taken the machines out of the local schools here, but I'd vote to have them put back in if I had kids in school. My oldest gd will be entered middle school in the fall. She's going to learn real quick that if she spends her lunch money on junk she's going to go hungry for awhile.
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:10 PM
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I vote yes! I am sick and tired of the Federal and State Government raising our children. The prison's were not overcrowed when we could raise our own without the government's interferance. Children have parent's or guardians, let us decide what our children can or can not drink. Next we will be told they can not drink soda in our own homes or anywhere else!
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:11 PM
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Choices are important and yes a lot of the kids in high school do make the RIGHT choice unfortunatley the many make the WRONG choice.

If you look at the sugar and calories in juices you will find that they are almost as bad as the soft drink itself, so I guess it's one of those things that you hope you've brought you child up to make the right choices.

Going on my kids alone I'd say yes but going on the majority I say no.

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Old 07-28-2007, 07:30 PM
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I voted yes because at the schools around here they do have one soda machine but they also have a machine that has only juice & water in it so those who do make the right chioce has it there.The kids would figure out a way to get soda in school anyway so why brother trying to kkep soda away from them.The schools here did do away with soda machines but it just didn't work.
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:54 PM
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When my son was in high school here, the vending machines were filled with nothing but candy and soda. I'm not sure what they have in them now, and this is why I voted no. However, I feel they would be fine if they offered healthy choices. Why not have vending machines with fresh fruit, sandwiches, and healthier drinks? They have them in our hospitals-they could put them in the schools. Many of the students have to stay after school for practices and other extracurricular activities, and aren't able to go home for an afternoon snack. If the school isn't serving one, they either have to get junk from the machine, or try to take a healthy snack with them, which then stays in their locker or backpack all day.
Healthy choices-yes
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Old 07-28-2007, 09:21 PM
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I'm not in the US, I'm going by my state in Australia.

Is it the State Govt or the School that is saying yes or no to the vending machines?

In my state of Queensland you are not allowed to sell soft drink at any school full stop!
Why? Majority of parents are to lazy to feed their kids properly from home, and complain then about their obese child and want the school to take on the role of feeding their kids properly because they are not interested or won't. We don't have the meal option here as the US does.
It was voted by our whole state P&C (parents a citizens US PTA?) not to have soft drinks, or crisps or lollies in our schools.
I'm not a teacher but an active member of my kids schools P&C, it is the best way to see how your school is run and why they reach the decisions they do, it seems sometimes no one wants to make a decision so eventually a decision will be made, and then everyone crys foul, like not voting and complaining about how the country is run.

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Old 07-29-2007, 04:44 AM
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Kathy, I can tell you that in my state, no public school is allowed to sell candy or soda in vending machines or the cafeteria. My son has said more than once that his public-school friends complain about this.

Personally I feel like all this is way too much "Big Brother." Children have to learn at home what is good to eat and what is not. And to some degree they have to learn this through their mistakes, as Trekmom said. There are cities here that are outlawing "trans fats" and so on. Yet alcohol and cigarettes can be sold.

I do allow my high-school-age son to take a soda to school in his lunch each day. He could buy one at school for 3 times the price, since he does not attend a public school. In private schools the school sets the vending machine/cafeteria policy, not the state. He has a lunchbox full of healthy things--sandwich, pb crackers, applesauce or grapes, pretzels--and then his drink of soda.

My other children are in grade school and their school does not permit children to bring soda in the lunchbox. The gym teacher is a lunch monitor and she will make a stink. I'm not thrilled with all that (because she embarrasses the kid in public), but we live with it. I buy my kids a "drink pass" so they can get a milk or juice (100% juice) each day even if they pack their lunch.
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:15 AM
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Barb, I totally agree with you! In elementary and even junior high, I don't think it is wise. However, in high school, I personally believe that children should be learning to make decisions and suffer the consequences of those choices, while they still live at home with loving parents to work with them. If anyone has a library be sure to check out, "Raising Self Reliant Children in a Self Indulgent World." It really helped me to stop reminding my kids not to forget their coats, their lunch, and so on. My kids learned to grab their coat or else they would freeze as I would not bring it to them later. Same rules applied for lunch. I was hard to watch them suffer for the 1 day, but the long-term reward was worth it. They started thinking for themselves. In my DDs junior and senior in high school, I allowed her to choose her bedtime, even if it was 2am. However, the rule was that she could stay up as late as she wanted as long as she stayed on the honor roll and she didn't complain in the mornings. At first, she stayed up til the wee hours of the morning. But, she soon started going to bed at a much more decent hour. She kept her grades up too. She chose to alter the bedtime as she really enjoyed the freedom.

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Old 07-29-2007, 07:33 PM
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I am on the fence on this. When I was growing up, we had a soda machine and a candy machine at my high school. I never got anything from either one. I always thought it was too expensive and I rarely had money of my own. If I had wanted soda or candy it was always obtainable, either at home or a relative's house. Plus at the time I smoked and I wanted to save the money I did get for my cigarettes. Although in the long run, the candy and soda would have been better for me.
My son, on the other hand, would rather eat junk than healthy stuff and school lunches don't always have something he'd like. So he would probably eat junk from the machines. It really doesn't matter here, though. The schools in my town (and I believe the state) are not allowed to sell (or have available) soda, candy, or junk food. Not even for fundraisers.
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