Halloween Candy: Trading Up

The day after kids loaded up their trick-or-treat bags with candy, Rye may have more than anyone else.













That’s because of some Halloween candy swaps designed to promote good health — and good will.



At Osborn School, students rallied to the cause, donating candy that will soon be shipped to troops overseas, where a good candy bar is hard to come by, said Amy Reitzig, the first grade teacher who organized the give back.


"Today was our first day of collection and we have already collected quite a bit," Reitzig said Monday afternoon. 


After reading about similar candy swaps online, Reitzig said she thought "it would be a
great program for our students.  Not only because the candy is shipped to troops overseas, but also because we try to teach the children about eating healthy and taking care of their bodies. "


Several local dentists (naturally) agreed.  Rye Smiles, with pediatric dentist Deborah Troy, agreed to ship the candy, which will be collected all week, to the troops. 


Dr.Peter Maro of Rye’s Blue Wave Orthodontics this week is luring kids with offers of cold, hard cash for candy as part of his annual Halloween Candy Buy Back. 


Maro will give kids $1 per pound  of candy, and for each of those pounds will donate $5  to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancerresearch in honor of his father. 


Rye was not alone…. At Chatsworth Elementary School in Larchmont, children received a sticker promoting healthy habits in exchange for a candy donation. Murray and Mamaroneck Avenue elementary schools had similar programs as well. 







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