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Healthy Treats Guidance

Celebrate Healthy

Ideas for Non-Food Celebrations

Not every party has to involve food!  Con­sider talk­ing to your child’s teacher about other ways to cel­e­brate stu­dent birth­days,  such as...  

  • Bring in his/her favorite game or book or a spe­cial art project to share with the class
  • Put together a “goody bag” of non-edible treats such as glow sticks, bal­loons, stick­ers, tat­toos, etc.
  • Make him or her line leader or star stu­dent or get­ting some sort of spe­cial priv­i­lege for the day.  Be creative!

Excerpts from TUSD Wellness Policy

Snacks served during the school day or in after-school programs should make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables, whole grains, as the primary snacks and milk, water or 100% juice as the primary beverages.

School staff will encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the District’s nutrition education program by choosing nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties.

Schools will limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to no more than one party per class per month. Class parties or celebrations shall be held after the lunch period and only foods that meet or exceed state and federal nutritional standards can be served. 


  • Fresh fruit ~ cut up or whole
  • Fruit kabobs
  • Yogurt tubes/cups served with fresh fruit
  • Fruit roll-ups 
  • Healthy granola bars
  • Graham crackers
  • Apple slices with topping
  • Animal crackers
  • Apple sauce
  • Popcorn
  • Baked Chips
  • Gold Fish Crackers
  • Whole Grain Muffins
  • Whole Grain Cookies
  • Cereals that contain whole grains and are low in sugar
  • All baked snacks must be packaged and purchased from a store or bakery.

Not Approved

  • Donuts
  • Pastries
  • Non-Baked Chips
  • Cupcakes & Frosting
  • Candy
  • Ice Cream
  • Soda
  • Punch