Rockford Public Schools is celebrating National School Breakfast Week March 3-7 to highlight healthy breakfast options that are available each day at school. The celebration, an effort with the School Nutrition Association, also stresses the importance of starting the day with a balanced meal. The week coincides with our annual Illinois Standards Achievement Testing – a week when breakfast couldn’t be more important for our students.
"Too many children show up at school hungry, and it’s hard for hungry children to learn," said Renita Weiskircher, Director of Nutrition Services. "Having a meal at school is one way to help parents to cut corners and still know their children have a full meal to give them energy for the day."
Nutrition services staff will serve a warm breakfast all next week with fresh fruit at five schools that have traditionally low breakfast participation: Johnson, McIntosh, Spring Creek, Thompson and White Swan elementary schools. The theme is "Take Time for School Breakfast." The goal is to show families that eating the school breakfast is a time saver and an opportunity for students to have a healthy meal to kick-start their day.
The menu features warm breakfast each day, instead of cereal or granola bars often used during the week. Each morning also includes a choice of 100% fruit juice, 1% white milk, or non-fat chocolate milk.
Monday: Rise and Shine Breakfast Burrito, fresh banana
Tuesday: Patty Cakes, sliced orange
Wednesday: Sunrise Breakfast Burrito, sliced apples
Thursday: Pump Up Breakfast Pizza, apple
Friday: Wake Me Up Waffles, applesauce
The celebration also includes giveaways for students who participate in the meal program: Farm and Fleet is donating a bike to each school to be raffled, plus gift cards and a flip video camera. Wristbands, pencils and rulers will be given to all students in the breakfast line.
"Take Time for School Breakfast" was created by the School Nutrition Association with support from Kellogg’s Foodservices. National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.