MASON CITY – Even as one progressive North Iowa community, Decorah, has bowed out of the controversial Blue Zones program, Mason City kids were slapped this week with a policy banning yummy treats from being brought to school for birthdays and celebrations.
The new school policy bucks decades of tradition where kids bring a cupcake or other goodie to school to share with their classmates on their special day.
Mason City School Superintendent Anita Micich did not immediately reply to questions on the new policy.
The Blue Zones project is spearheaded by a behemoth insurance company named Wellmark, and championed by Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, Scott Tornquist, Janet Solberg and Travis Hickey as well as Alex Kuhn, John Lee and Jean Marinos. The group has called the Blue Zones designation in Mason City one of its greatest achievements, even though no one knows how much it is costing Mason City taxpayers.
One Mason City resident called the new school policy “a bad joke on our kids” and went on to say “our Mayor, Eric Bookmeyer denies himself nothing, stuffs himself until he is blue in the face, and then brings the Blue Zone to town and tells the rest of us how to think, eat, drink, and live. Welcome to 1984, Mason City.”