Students Bolster Brainpower with School Breakfast
Houston, Texas: Children who eat school provided breakfast at the start the day are ready to learn. This is reflected in higher test scores and better classroom behavior. However, only half of the children who eat lunch at school also eat school breakfast according to the Food Research and Action Council. To encourage increased participation in the School Breakfast Program, Galena Park ISD schools participated in National School Breakfast Week March 2-6, 2015. National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.
The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Make the Grade with School Breakfast,” reminded parents, students and administrators that a healthy school breakfast sets students up for a day of learning and academic success. The theme was displayed in school cafeterias during this week. “Too many children are showing up at school hungry and we know hungry children can't learn,” said Dorinda Eubanks, Director of Student Nutrition Services. “A healthy breakfast helps students focus in the classroom and perform better. That's why we offer a healthy breakfast to students free of charge every morning in our schools.”
School breakfast provides children with the energy they need to succeed in the classroom and on the playing field. Every breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, and sodium. GPISD cafeterias are competing in the Texas Department of Agriculture Local Products Challenge and offered a variety of Texas grown foods during this special week. Throughout the week, the GPISD Student Nutrition Department encouraged all students to celebrate this special week by eating breakfast in the school cafeterias. Every school day Galena Park ISD's breakfast program offers students a healthy breakfast so they may be prepared for a busy school day. Breakfast is always free of charge to all students!
Pictured: Kaitlyn Moore, a student at Cloverleaf Elementary, is preparing for another day of learning by eating a healthy school breakfast.
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