Florida school stops serving soda before tests

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Associated Press

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 11:50 AM

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida elementary school has stopped a long-standing practice of serving students Mountain Dew before standardized tests.

Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/1jVg7XJ ) reports that a woman contacted local media outlets after learning that students were being served three tablespoons of soda and some trail mix before taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Brevard County schools spokeswoman Michelle Irwin says they've advised officials at Creel Elementary School to provide only water to students.

Irwin says Principal Kathryn Eward started serving soda and trail mix about 10 years ago after reading about its positive effect on students taking tests.

The newspaper reports that Eward says it was part of an effort to get kids excited about the FCAT. The soda was served in small paper cups.

Now the students get water and trail mix.

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Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), http://www.floridatoday.com

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