Death of the bake sale: New rules mean healthier fundraisers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to school fundraisers, bake sale tables loaded with sugary goodies are out. Fun runs, auctions and sales of healthier treats are in.

Government rules requiring schools to hold more nutritious fundraisers are signaling trouble for the long-beloved bake sale. In response, schools are selling everything from fruit to kid-friendly shoe laces to raise money for activities.

Agriculture Department rules require all foods sold in schools during the day, including at fundraisers, to meet certain nutrition standards. The 2014 rules allow states to seek exemptions for fundraisers, but the National Association of State Boards of Education says only about half have done so.

Many schools say they have been successful in ditching the unhealthier models, but others have pushed back, saying the money is needed for school-based activities.

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