Florida school to stop giving kids Mountain Dew

Cans of Mountain Dew are displayed in a case. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

Cans of Mountain Dew are displayed in a case. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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, Last Updated: 2:16 PM ET

A Florida school has halted its longtime tradition of giving kids small Dixie cups full of Mountain Dew before their exams after a student's grandmother complained.

The Creel Elementary School in Melbourne had served students three tablespoons each of Mountain Dew alongside a trail mix snack before each Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for 10 years.

"We don't think we were giving them enough to really get into" the sugary beverage's negative side effects, principal Kathryn Eward told Florida Today. "We've done it for years. The kids look forward to the treats."

But when a local grandmother got wind of the practice, she raised concerns about the kids crashing mid-test from a sugar high, and noted the law prevents public schools from selling soda.

"Once that was brought to our attention, we eliminated that practice," Brevard Public Schools Spokeswoman Michelle Irwin told the paper.

From now on, the kids will get water with their trail mix.

 


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