ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The school district in Ankeny has adopted a new policy banning homemade and store-bought treats from classroom celebrations.
The decision comes on the heels of schools replacing Valentine's Day parties with generic celebrations, the Des Moines Register reported.
Ankeny schools' chief operating officer, Matt Adams, said the policy change ensures that every student can participate, including those with allergies or those who are unable to afford store-bought snacks.
The policy says permitted food must be purchased through the district's food service department, which are healthier and limit allergen exposure.
According to a food order sheet for Friday's "friendship parties," two dozen cookies cost $16.80, two dozen Rice Krispies bars cost $24 and two dozen packets of baby carrots with ranch cost $18.
Crystal Walker-Smith, a parent of a fourth-grader at Rock Creek Elementary School, said that is more than a $3 bag of suckers.
"It's just frustrating," Walker-Smith said. "I get it to a certain point, but I think they've taken it too far."