Submitted by Joyce Williams
304-354-7011, Ext. 12


What has been proven to boost test scores and improve classroom behavior, while reducing tardiness and trips to the nurse's office? School breakfast! Yet in the race to get to the head of the class, many students forget the importance of jump starting their school days with a morning meal.

To highlight how eating a balanced breakfast at school can help students succeed, Calhoun County Schools is hosting "School Breakfast - Go for Gold." The campaign will be appearing in school cafeterias March 5-9, 2012.

Cafeterias will celebrate school breakfast with special menus and decorations to help students to warm up their brains before they head to class. Kids have also had the opportunity to create their own school breakfast t-shirt design highlighting the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.

Every school day, Calhoun County School's breakfast program offers students the healthy foods they need to get set for a busy school day. Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat and portion size.

Healthy school breakfasts can be a lifesaver for busy parents too. "It's a race for any family to get their kids ready, fed and out the door in time for school," said Donnie Pitts, Director of Support Services. "Knowing that your child can eat a healthy breakfast after they get to school can be a huge relief for parents."

"School Breakfast - Go for Gold" was created by the non-profit School Nutrition Association with support from General Mills Foodservice. This national campaign recognizes National School Breakfast Week, launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children and the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.

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