To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties are celebrating National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) March 6-10.
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. School District Five schools offer nutritious school breakfasts, complete with fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school day.
The NSBW campaign theme, “DIG IN to School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
• Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
• Score higher on standardized tests
• Have better concentration and memory
• Be more alert
• Maintain a healthy weight
School nutrition professionals and students will be showing their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 6-10 as the district celebrates NSBW with special menus, activities, and more. School District Five is offering mini prizes each day for a student that eats school breakfast and there will be a drawing March 10 for a big prize for one elementary student and two middle and high school students.
“Research has shown that students that start the day with breakfast, perform better on tests, are more attentive in class and don’t have as many attendance issues,” Student Nutrition Coordinator Shana Catoe said. “With today’s inflation costs, families can rely on the School Breakfast Program to offer breakfast options that are healthy, that will provide a breakfast meal for their student every day at a reasonable cost.”
Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW23.
For more information about School District Five meals, visit https://bit.ly/3mMzCZQ or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.