Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeteria. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Elkin City Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 7-11.
The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Wake up to School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to “Wake Up” their minds and bodies during March 7-11 with special menus, decorations, cafeteria events, and more. Breakfast starts at 7:25 each morning.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Debbie McCoin, child nutrition director. “National School Breakfast Week helps educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.”
School nutrition professionals in Elkin City Schools prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet nutrition standards — limiting fat, calories and sodium — and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.
National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. The “Wake Up to School Breakfast” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s Specialty Channels. For more information about school meals, visit Elkin City Schools’ website or www.schoolnutrition.org/School Meals.
Elkin City Schools’ mascot Bucky will visit the elementary school one of the days during breakfast. On Tuesday, the school celebrated National Pancake Day.
The middle and high school cafeteria also will be celebrating National School Breakfast Week.