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Getting more students to begin their day with breakfast

LEONARDTOWN, MD – To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, St. Mary's County Public Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 4-8, 2019.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves 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

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Start Your Engines,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for “Start Your Engines” from March 4-8 with special menus, cafeteria events, and more. Local racecar drivers will visit some of our schools during this week starting with Monday, March 4, 2019, at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School at 8:20 a.m. for our Kickoff Event! 

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Dynard Elementary School will participate in Hear the Maryland Crunch! This program highlights the importance of the School Breakfast Program in ensuring that all children get a healthy start to their day by encouraging people to bite into an apple at the same time, and share it on social media using the hashtag #HearTheCrunch.

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.   The “Start Your Engines” campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s®.   Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW19.

For more information about the new breakfast items being served during the week, please visit our menu website at https://smcps.nutrislice.com/

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