Remember all those fun special holiday parties you had back in elementary school that were filled with snacks, candy, gifts and fun actives? Well part of that is being taken away from the children at Hawinton Consolidated school this year on Valentines day. Todd Stames provides the details in “Kids broken-hearted over school’s Valentines Day candy ban”
This news story covered the who, what, where, when and how within the first sentence. Todd Stames from Fox News took the Basic News lead approach by using the summary lead. Then the “Why” and “how” are answered in the first paragraph with what the principal wrote to the parents:
“We are working to encourage healthy practices swell as manage food choices in classrooms were food allergies are present in order to maintain a safe environment.”
He goes on to state the facts about the story, What others are saying and also comments in response to the actions that the school is taking using wity humor. He uses Focus, Clarity and answers the 5 W’s and How. He provides an interview, pictures, and direct quotes from the principal, the nurse and teachers.
I work in a preschool and know how excited they are for exchanging Valentines day cards and our party. I understand they are tying to promote healthy choices but I can’t imagine how the children of Harwinton School feel about this.
One thing I did like is how he includes a quote from part of the conversation he had over a telephone interview with one of the teachers named Stacey Sefcik who actually wrote a letter to the principal expressing her displeasure towards the new policy.
“I’m totally fine with teaching nutrition and encouraging healthy choices,” she said. “I applaud their intent, but the execution has a lot to be desired. It’s just candy for one day.” -She makes a very good point.