While breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day, studies conclude that students who eat school breakfast increase their math and reading scores, improve their speed and memory in cognitive tests, and perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
Fond du Lac and Aramark are proud to celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), March 4-8, by promoting the positive effects breakfast can have on academic achievement and the development of healthy lifestyle habits.
Sponsored by the School Nutrition Association, National School Breakfast Week raises awareness about the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and demonstrates the academic and lifestyle benefits of eating breakfast. This year's theme, "Be a Star with School Breakfast," highlights how eating a balanced breakfast at school can help students shine like their favorite stars in the movies, on the field, on TV, and in the community.
"Fond du Lac School District and Aramark are pleased to provide healthy, nutritious breakfast programs that help to ensure students are prepared for the day," said Jim Ronayne, food service director. "In partnership with Fond du Lac School District, we are pleased to celebrate National School Breakfast Week and promote the positive benefits of a balanced breakfast on student achievement and behavior."
According to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), during the 2011-2012 school year, over 12.5 million children participated in the National School Lunch Program each day with 84 percent of them receiving free and reduced price breakfast. School districts are also taking note of the positive impacts of offering students breakfast and for the first time ever, 91.2 percent of schools that participated in the National School Lunch Program are now also offering the School Breakfast Program, a win for students who may not be able to eat breakfast at home due to a lack of time or food insecurity.
To celebrate National School Breakfast Week, Fond du Lac School District will be hosting the Fond du Lac Police Officers in support of their Community Policing effort. This is a unique opportunity for the officers to come help serve breakfast at seven of our local elementary schools who participate in the School Breakfast Program. "We hope that this experience will give students a chance to spend time with positive role models in their communities." said Beth Ann Abraham, registered dietitian, and assistant food service director for Aramark.
The schools that are participating include: Chegwin, Evans, Parkside, Pier, Roberts, Rosenow, and Waters Elementary Schools.
Curious to what they are serving for breakfast?
March 4: Sausage breakfast pizza, fresh orange wedges or apple juice
March 5: Chicken biscuit, diced pears or grape juice
March 6: Glazed cinnamon rolls, apricot halves or apple juice
March 7: Cheesy ham biscuit, applesauce or orange juice
March 8: French toast sticks with syrup, sliced peaches or apple juice
To learn more, visit: http://www.fonddulac.k12.wi.us/inner.iml?mdl=content.mdl&page=lunch