Valdosta > Students Bolster Their Brainpower With School Breakfast

| March 7, 2015

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VALDOSTA — Children who eat breakfast at school start the day ready to learn—reflected in higher test scores and better classroom behavior. However only half of the children who eat lunch at school also eat school breakfast, according to the Food Research and Action Council. To garner increased participation in the School Breakfast Program, Lowndes County Schools is recognizing National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6, 2015. National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is a week long celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.

The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Make the Grade with School Breakfast” reminds everyone in the school community – parents, students, administrators – that a healthy school breakfast sets students up for a day of learning and academic success. The theme will appear in school cafeterias during National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6. “Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and we know hungry children can’t learn,” said Sharon Flythe, Lowndes Director of School Nutrition. “A healthy breakfast helps students focus in the classroom and perform better. That’s why we offer a healthy breakfast every morning in our schools.”

Cafeterias will promote school breakfast with special menus and decorations, activities, and events all week. Elementary and middle schools are celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a special green eggs and ham breakfast on Monday or Tuesday along with a special yogurt breakfast entrée during the rest of the week.

Every school day, Lowndes County’s breakfast program offers students a healthy breakfast that they need to get set for a busy school day. Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, sodium. Breakfast for students is $1.25 for all students. Students receiving reducing price benefits may purchase a breakfast for $.30. Breakfast menu options are posted on the Lowndes County School System website at www.lowndes.k12.ga.us.

“Make the Grade with School Breakfast” was created by the non-profit School Nutrition Association with support from Kellogg’s Foodservice. National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.

Pictured:

DES Breakfast 1: Gracie and Tara Endsley with Dewar Elementary Cafeteria Manager, Donna Colley, making the grade with NSBW.

NSBW WES: Westside Elementary Students, Abby Register and Addison Gilmer trying new yogurt.

SEUSS Alicia Endsley, Head Cashier at Dewar Elementary, and Tammie Simpson, School Nutrition Assistant, cooking up green eggs and ham.

Lynne Wilson
Director of CTAE and Public Relations
Lowndes County School

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