FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — Inside New Hope Academy you won’t find donuts, candy bars, or even a Hershey kiss on school property.
“Kids are not allowed to bring sweets to school,” Headmaster Stuart Tutler tells News 2.
Kids can’t bring sweets and the school will not provide them, but the new policy doesn’t exactly have the kids cheering.
“The students really aren’t that excited about it up front, they uh, they really love their sweets,” Tutler laughed.
He also admitted that not all parents support the change, but that’s the rule.
“What we asked them to do is to actually bring a healthier alternative,” he said.
The school is now replacing sweets with fruit. Tutler explained that it is not only making a difference in the student’s health, but in their academics.
“My heart is for their health, but we also found out that junk food and other kinds of food affect the kids ability to learn.”
Tutler said they asked the children if they would rather have food for celebrations, or more free time.
“The kids overwhelmingly wanted 15 more minutes of recess,” he said.
Movement is also part of New Hope Academy’s new program that promotes real food.
“My job is to educate the students and to eliminate any obstacles that’s going to stop them from learning and so this is one of the obstacles that we are attacking,” said Tutler.
The community school hopes the sweets free program will not only guide their students, but other schools as well.