District 211 Schools Participate in National School Breakfast Week

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schoolbreakfastweekNational School Breakfast Week helps encourage and educate students about why they shouldn’t skip what is considered the most important meal of the day. For many students in the country, including some in District 211, access to a proper breakfast isn’t always possible.

That is why District 211 is participating in National School Breakfast Week, which runs from March 2 through March 6 and promotes the importance of breakfast to students.

This year, the District is taking a new approach to celebrating one of the most important meals of the day. Each school will be serving breakfast during lunch on Thursday, March 5. Any students who purchase the breakfast meal for lunch will receive a raffle ticket for a change to win five free breakfasts. Fremd High School will also host its Breakfast with the Principal event on March 2. The first District Breakfast with the Principal was held at Hoffman Estates in 1993.

At District 211, both hot and cold breakfast entrees are served daily at all schools. Approximately 1,200 students eat a complete breakfast at school each morning. During first semester this school year, a total of 97,836 student breakfasts were served. A complete breakfast can include whole grains, lean protein, 1-cup fruit, and 1-cup low fat milk. The No.1 hot breakfast item across the district is chicken on a biscuit.

National School Breakfast Week was established in 1989 in coordination with the School Nutrition Association.  It provides schools with the opportunity to highlight and promote the importance of school breakfast. Research has shown that students who eat breakfast have improved memory, problem-solving skills, and creative abilities. 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.