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NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK HELPS STUDENTS LEARN IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL BREAKFAST

School Breakfast is Important
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During the week of March 7 - 11, school districts across the nation will celebrate National School Breakfast Week by hosting "School Breakfast Detectives," a fun, private-eye themed campaign allowing students to clue into the importance of school breakfast and uncover how eating school breakfast sets you up for a busy day at school.  The National School Breakfast Program was established in 1966.  Since 1989, National School Breakfast Week has been raising awareness of the program and the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the link between breakfast and academic achievement - from students' memory and test scores to school attendance.  Yet too many children miss out on the most critical meal of the day.  The Food Research Action Center has found that less than half (47.2 percent) of low-income children who received school lunch also participated in the breakfast program.

Fortunately, schools are finding new ways to reach children in need of a healthy breakfast.  School Nutrition Association has found that since 2002, participation in the School Breakfast Program has increased by 43 percent as schools have begun overcoming the logistical and timing challenges to breakfast service.  In SNA's new "Growing School Breakfast Participation" report, research reveals that many schools are now offering breakfast in grab ‘n' go bags or hallway kiosks, or they are serving breakfast in the classroom.  In Sumter County, while all schools serve breakfast, the following schools serve "Breakfast in the Classroom:" Sumter Primary, Sumter Elementary, Sumter Middle, 9th Grade Academy, Staley Middle, Cherokee Elementary, and Sarah Cobb Elementary.

"Every school day, the School Breakfast Program fuels more than 11 million students for success.  The program is crucial to children eligible for free and reduced price meals, but it also offers a helping hand to busy parents who struggle to convince their kids to make time for breakfast before leaving for school," said Ms. Gloria Thorn, Director of School Nutrition for Sumter County Schools.  For more information, please contact Ms. Thorn at 229-931-8523 or gthorn@sumterschools.org.

 Here: Aterriah Harris, Gage Wooden, and Hollie Harvey of Ms. Tammy Satterfield's First Grade Class at Sumter Primary School help to celebrate National School Breakfast Week, March 7 - 11, 2011