Knox schools enjoy unequal perks from Pepsi, Coca-Cola

Cash, free stuff, and scoreboards: right now, Knox County principals bargain for perks with Pepsi or Coca-Cola on their own. Full Story
Guthrie

Panama City, FL

#1 Apr 11, 2008
Those monies will stay with each of the facilities," Hugh insisted. "Guaranteed."

Remember folks Hugh Holt is a COUNTY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE
Tom Barnaby

Kingsport, TN

#2 Apr 11, 2008
Guthrie wrote:
Those monies will stay with each of the facilities," Hugh insisted. "Guaranteed."
Remember folks Hugh Holt is a COUNTY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE
Well said. Government employees,like politicians,have selective memories.

Some people just can't leave well enough alone.
Knox County Mom

Nashville, TN

#3 Apr 11, 2008
It would be great if both companies were allowed to service Knox County Schools. Students and staff would have a greater choice and would in turn buy more product.
Corruption

United States

#4 Apr 12, 2008
I don't believe anyone at the schools should control the funds. Over the years funds have been stolen and every time it was a teacher. Too many school employees are receiving kickbacks from private vendors.

I knew a photographer who contracted with the principal for the school annual photos. He claimed he paid the principal a cash bonus from each sitting fee and advertising photo in the annual. He also claimed that many vendors pay cash bonuses or free vacations to get school contracts. When you put all of Knox County under one vendor, someone may be getting one large kickback. Some of these companies have some great planes and nice company owned vacations spot around the world.





do not forget

Knoxville, TN

#5 Apr 12, 2008
Do not forget what these companies are "pushing". Sugar-laden sodas. No wonder we have obesity in our school kids! Yeah right, get them hooked on sodas while they are still young.

All at tghe expense of money and perk grabbers.
Jpp

Kodak, TN

#6 Apr 12, 2008
You hit the nail on the head "Do Not Forget"-what happened to all of the talk about removing vending machines for healthier snacks and healthier menues? I guess Mayfield milk and Whole Foods Market didn't put enough money in for new scoreboards ect. to be on "that level" playing field.
InterestingComme nts

Powell, TN

#7 Apr 12, 2008
Jpp wrote:
You hit the nail on the head "Do Not Forget"-what happened to all of the talk about removing vending machines for healthier snacks and healthier menues? I guess Mayfield milk and Whole Foods Market didn't put enough money in for new scoreboards ect. to be on "that level" playing field.
My thoughts exactly. I guess the healthy aspect doesn't apply to everyone huh?
look out

Antioch, TN

#8 Apr 12, 2008
Look what happened this past week .Five Board members sold out Knox county for the new Super by giving in to everything he wanted and a 222,000 salary.They need extra coke and pepsi money or a tax increase to pay for him.Maybe with all that authority he can fire high paid employees and come up with the money.THANKS FIVE
Tom Barnaby

Kingsport, TN

#9 Apr 12, 2008
do not forget wrote:
Do not forget what these companies are "pushing". Sugar-laden sodas. No wonder we have obesity in our school kids! Yeah right, get them hooked on sodas while they are still young.
All at tghe expense of money and perk grabbers.
LOL you people AMAZE me...it's not the Schools OR the Manufacturers jobs to police what kids drink...That is the job of the PARENTS!!! It's the fast-food,too lazy to cook attitude that has kids swilling the sodas and thinking Pizza is a good healthy meal,and kids are fat because mom and dad are fat and too lazy to care.
If you don't want your spoiled kids drinking soda, then stop them from doing it. Don't give them money every day to buy the stuff. Cook them a decent meal every night and start them off with a decent breakfast. Get them USED to eating healthy AT HOME!
It just makes me SICK that lazy parents blame everything on everyone else when it's just plain bad parenting that's at fault.

When I was a kid I was lucky to get one coke a week,and that was a treat. I got a decent meal every night and a good breakfast every morning.

Yeah, I know moms and dads work today so they can live beyond their means in fine homes that they can't afford..but my dad worked and my mom stood on her feet 12 hours a day doing ironing for people and we still managed to get proper food and we knew what we could do and couldn't do and what the consequences would be if we made the wrong choice.

Who is getting kids 'hooked' on soda? It ain't coke and pepsi. Save your excuses for the morons who believe them.
Rice

Elizabethtown, KY

#10 Apr 12, 2008
Now the School Board will get the perks.
What will The schools get, besides the
shaft?
Unapologetic

Linden, TN

#11 Apr 12, 2008
Tom Barnaby, you make a good point about parents and about the schools not being responsible for what kids choose to drink. I agree with you that poor parenting can lead to poor choices by children. At the same time, however, the schools bear some responsibility for providing a decent environment for kids--one that includes better choices for drinks. In addition, the schools shouldn't be in the business of being a business. It's very common (and very wrong) in the South for both local governments and schools to make business deals and control things they have no right to control. Look at cable TV markets, for instance. Consumers are often limited to a single cable choice because their town officials raked in big bucks to exclude all other companies. Now the schools are doing it. I don't care if the schools sell Coke or Pepsi--but they shouldn't force out the company that didn't cough up enough money.
qwerty

United States

#12 Apr 12, 2008
Right on, Tom Barnaby. Im only a kid and my parents dont give me money to buy anything at school whatsoever. But I see every day People buying at the coke machines EVERYDAY. It drives me crazy, cause Im really careful about what I eat. I have a friend who buys coke everyday cause her parents give her freakin $50 a day and I recently learned that she might be diabetic. Im lucky a get a coke every now and then.

This friends parents let her eat fast food everyday and she wont eat anything thats not smothered in gravy. I blame her parents and so far my stresses to eat better go unheard.
KnoxMom

Knoxville, TN

#13 Apr 12, 2008
THANKS Tom Barnaby for making that statement. We as parents are responsible for what our children eat and drink. We are also RESPONSIBLE for their conduct and attitude at school. I am tired of parents pushing the blame for everything wrong with their child/the world/the school, etc., off on someone else. We need to stand up and take responsibility for our own actions, our childrens actions and quit blaming everyone else.
Intelligent

United States

#14 Apr 12, 2008
When they talk about putting in drink machines, they are typically talking about water and powerade/gatorade machines. So when they say Coke, they mean Dasani water and Powerade drinks. Just thought I would clarify

“Give peace a chance!”

Since: Mar 07

Maryville, TN

#15 Apr 12, 2008
Intelligent wrote:
When they talk about putting in drink machines, they are typically talking about water and powerade/gatorade machines. So when they say Coke, they mean Dasani water and Powerade drinks. Just thought I would clarify
When I was in high school, we had I think 3 or 4 machines that sold only powerade, water, and juice compared to the the 15+ coke machines.

You couldn't buy a coke until 2:00 and let me tell you kids were always lined up at that time to buy one.
Ann O Nemus

Kodak, TN

#16 Apr 13, 2008
I am glad to see the discussion of parental responsibility going on in this thread.

As a teacher, I have no problems teaching kids about the food pyramid and good eating choices and nifty different ways to exercise. It's a part of the job that makes sense. But come on, it's not our fault that kids are getting in shape - even though that shape is round!

I personally blame the problem on two things: the economy, and parents trying to make their kids happy all the time. Many of my kids have one parent with two jobs or two parents with disparate work schedules. Dinner is that thing they do in the car between Point A and Point B. It's not that mom or dad don't *want* to have a healthy meal with their kids, it's just not time efficient. When you live a McDonalds and Wendy's lifestyle, you don't learn to try new foods or make good choices. By the time kids get to the schools, they've already developed bad eating habits that are at least a year ingrained. If our economy worked right and a whole family could live happily on a one-job income, parents would have time to fulfill their end of the "good eating habits" bargain.

Then there's the other aspect, the "I just can't stand to see my child cry when I say no!" problem. Go to Target or WalMart or the your local greengrocer and watch a parent and child. Count the number of seconds it takes a parent to cave when their kid starts demanding something. That time is shrinking, folks. So when these fat kids who have been brainwashed by the 40 hours of TV they are allowed (encouraged?) to watch per week (on average) start demanding their Sappy Meals or a Triple Whopper with Cheese, some moms and dads pull through that drive-through like zombies to get the kid shut up and happy. I asked one parent one day and got the worst answer ever: "It hurts me to think I am the reason my child is sad." But it doesn't hurt you to think that you're the reason why your child is going to die at 35 of a coronary infarction? Bah!

Pardon the mild hyperbolic writing style, I am a little jaded on this subject. I can't teach parents that it's ok to say "No!" to their kid's cravings, and I sure as heck can't fix the economy. But so long as Mommy Dearest keeps giving their kids $50 cash to spend at school as they please instead of just mailing in a cheque to the cafeteria, little Johnny Learner is going to continue to find his desk more and more cramped.
do not forget

Knoxville, TN

#17 Apr 13, 2008
Why on earth would a kid pay $1.00 for a Dasani but can get the water free at the water fountain?

There is a thing called "peer-pressure". It can work both ways. A child can be influenced to go along with his peers and buy a coke. Or he can set an example and just get water.

I agree that parents need to do the teaching but to put soda machines at school is a temptation. Kids have enough temptations as it is.

In my opinion, the schools should stick to teaching the curriculum and let the parents teach the rest.

“Give peace a chance!”

Since: Mar 07

Maryville, TN

#18 Apr 13, 2008
Ann O Nemus wrote:
I am glad to see the discussion of parental responsibility going on in this thread.
As a teacher, I have no problems teaching kids about the food pyramid and good eating choices and nifty different ways to exercise. It's a part of the job that makes sense. But come on, it's not our fault that kids are getting in shape - even though that shape is round!
I personally blame the problem on two things: the economy, and parents trying to make their kids happy all the time. Many of my kids have one parent with two jobs or two parents with disparate work schedules. Dinner is that thing they do in the car between Point A and Point B. It's not that mom or dad don't *want* to have a healthy meal with their kids, it's just not time efficient. When you live a McDonalds and Wendy's lifestyle, you don't learn to try new foods or make good choices. By the time kids get to the schools, they've already developed bad eating habits that are at least a year ingrained. If our economy worked right and a whole family could live happily on a one-job income, parents would have time to fulfill their end of the "good eating habits" bargain.
Then there's the other aspect, the "I just can't stand to see my child cry when I say no!" problem. Go to Target or WalMart or the your local greengrocer and watch a parent and child. Count the number of seconds it takes a parent to cave when their kid starts demanding something. That time is shrinking, folks. So when these fat kids who have been brainwashed by the 40 hours of TV they are allowed (encouraged?) to watch per week (on average) start demanding their Sappy Meals or a Triple Whopper with Cheese, some moms and dads pull through that drive-through like zombies to get the kid shut up and happy. I asked one parent one day and got the worst answer ever: "It hurts me to think I am the reason my child is sad." But it doesn't hurt you to think that you're the reason why your child is going to die at 35 of a coronary infarction? Bah!
Pardon the mild hyperbolic writing style, I am a little jaded on this subject. I can't teach parents that it's ok to say "No!" to their kid's cravings, and I sure as heck can't fix the economy. But so long as Mommy Dearest keeps giving their kids $50 cash to spend at school as they please instead of just mailing in a cheque to the cafeteria, little Johnny Learner is going to continue to find his desk more and more cramped.
Awesome post.

When I was in elementary school, my mom ALWAYS sent a check to school. I always had a meal card and never had cash on me. The only day I had cash was on Fridays--it was the ONLY day you could buy an ice cream or Little Debbie for 50 cents.

When I got into high school, my mom gave me $20 a week for breakfast and lunch. Now that would cover the cost of meals with about $4 left over at the end of the week. Usually I'd use that money to buy a juice in the morning, since a milk carton is only one or two gulps of drink.

I knew better than to ask for more money. That's what I got, and I never complained.

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