District 211 Schools Participate in National School Breakfast Week

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Studies consistently show that eating breakfast helps students succeed in school. Beginning the day with breakfast not only improves classroom performance, test scores and grades, concentration, and provides more energy, but it also decreases behavior problems, tardiness, and absenteeism. Coaches also encourage their student-athletes to observe proper nutrition.

District 211 schools participate in National School Breakfast Week, which is March 6 through March 10, and provides schools with the opportunity to highlight and promote the importance of school breakfast. Each District 211 school promotes National School Breakfast Week it its own way.

Each year the food service department uses National School Breakfast Week to not only highlight the importance of each student eating breakfast daily, but also to demonstrate how our school cafeterias provide a variety of nutritious breakfast meals each morning.

At Fremd High School, students participated in Breakfast with the principal. Other schools participate in Breakfast with the Principal toward the start of the school year. On Wednesday, all schools will serve breakfast for lunch, which includes French toast and sausage or a breakfast burrito. Anyone who buys a breakfast meal for lunch will be entered into a drawing to win a free week of breakfasts. Throughout the week, anyone who purchases a breakfast will be entered to win raffles at each school.

Many children do not have time to eat breakfast at home, or simply are not hungry early in the morning. For many students, eating breakfast at school is the perfect solution. School breakfast is a healthy, nutritious meal and is often more economical than eating at home. District 211 schools offer a hot breakfast or cereal, milk, fruit, and fruit juice for $1.45 every morning. Breakfast is available before school and throughout most of the morning. During the 2015 – 2016 school year, 228,751 breakfast meals were served in the district. 

Because teenagers have special nutritional needs (children gain about 20% of adult height and 50% of adult weight during adolescence), it is crucial they receive proper nutrition. Eating a healthy breakfast helps to provide some of the much-needed calories and nutrients, and research shows that eating breakfast helps prevent teens from becoming overweight.

National School Breakfast Week was established in 1989 in coordination with the School Nutrition Association.  School breakfast provides daily servings of fruit, whole grains, and low fat and fat free milk as well as meeting federal nutrition guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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