School Agrees to Stop Pumping Kids Full Of Mountain Dew Before Tests
A Florida elementary school has agreed to stop its longstanding policy of giving kids Mountain Dew as brain fuel before the state's most important standardized test.
the past 10 years, Creel Elementary, in Melbourne, Fla., has given kids
trail mix and "about 3 tablespoons" of the caffeine-rich bright green
soda before they take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, Florida Today reports.
results factor into teacher evaluations and school funding decisions,
and the school decided to start doing the Dew after the principal read
about its effects in an educational journal a decade ago.
Florida state law bans schools from selling soda.
"We've advised Creel Elementary to only provide water as a beverage," said a Brevard Schools spokesperson.
Kathryn Eward said that the soda was part of an overall regimen of FCAT
preparation, including advising students to get good night's sleep,
wear comfortable clothes and eat a healthy breakfast. Students at Creel
also get less homework during the week of the test.
what it's worth—probably not much, considering how many factors go into
test performance—a quick check of FCAT results from the past few years
shows Creel tracking close to the district mean.