QES to celebrate School Breakfast Week
The week of March 2-6 marks National School Breakfast Week. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Queensbury Elementary and William H. Barton Intermediate Schools will celebrate with teachers serving breakfast each morning.
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data shows that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day. 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
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” said Lisa Schmitt, NDTR, Nutrition Intern. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to have their breakfast served by their favorite teachers! We are looking forward to a high participation in this special event.”
The district serves over 330 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Queensbury Union Free School District prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.
About National School Breakfast Week
National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975.