Mexico Schools Ban Soda Sales
Sugar and acid in those sodas are what adults want to remove from students' diets, so they can make more healthy choices.
"I don't think they like soda," said seventh-grader Joseph Fayae.
Another seventh-grader, Duspin Shipp, said, "I understand it, but it really doesn't mean that I should like it. I mean, I loved soda all my life. I grew up drinking sodas. I really don't like the idea of not having it."
Although they can't buy it there, students can still bring soda to school.
"They will probably be a little upset about it," admitted Woolsey. "But I think, over a long time, they will enjoy having fruit juices and milk they are going to offer them."
Mexico is not the first mid-Missouri community to ban selling soda in schools. Fulton adopted a similar policy several years ago. Jefferson City has never provided sodas to elementary students, and middle school students don't have access to sodas until after school. Jefferson City High School also will take soda out of its vending machines, starting next month.