For 22 years, Rick Dickinson has generously donated his Great Cakes creations to Westport schools. Cookies for bake sales, sheet cakes for celebrations — whatever they ask for, he gives.
At the same time, many Westport parents buy Great Cakes cupcakes for their kids’ classroom birthday parties.
Recently — and very unwittingly — Rick was drawn into a food fight on “06880.”
It began with a post about a recent note from school district administrators, saying that cupcakes and sweets will no longer be allowed at birthday celebrations.
77 comments later, readers had weighed in on everything from the weight of Westport children, to a variety of parenting styles, to the taste-vs.-healthfulness of Great Cakes cupcakes.
Rick — the owner — is fed up. This week he set up a petition on his counter. It reads:
Great Cakes Supports Westport’s Youth
We support all efforts to promote good health among the youth of Westport, CT.
We only use the best ingredients in our products.
We advise parents to purchase our small cupcakes, or divide items into fourths for in-school celebrations.
We offer to divide our products for parents free of charge.
We strive to avoid the use of any ingredients that are generally acknowledged to cause allergic reactions among children.
We have supported all efforts in Westport to promote child safety, non-bullying, good health and proper nutrition for our children.
PLEASE Support Great Cakes In Our Petition to Rescind the Ban on Food in School Celebrations
Rick hopes Westporters will stop by Great Cakes to sign the petition.
I hope that if you do, you also help support Rick’s long-standing generosity to Westport schools (and many other causes).
Buy a great cake. A bagel. Coffee.
Maybe even (ssshhh) a cupcake.