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Published on March 9th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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District Five schools celebrate National School Breakfast Week

Students at Leaphart Elementary enjoy breakfast on March 6, the last day of National School Breakfast Week. 

IRMO – March 2-6 was National School Breakfast Week, a celebration to increase awareness of the importance of school breakfast programs.

In Lexington-Richland School District Five, nearly 3,500 students eat breakfast in cafeterias each school day.  Two schools in the district are piloting free “breakfast in the classroom” programs through Fuel Up to Play 60 grants, while three other schools have similar initiatives.

“We offer a healthy breakfast each morning in our schools because we know it helps students focus in the classroom and perform better,” said District Five Student Nutrition Director Todd Bedenbaugh. “National School Breakfast Week is a great opportunity for us to highlight the great breakfast items we are able to offer our students and to encourage more families to allow their students to eat breakfast at school.”

Organizers say the 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Make the Grade with School Breakfast” reminds everyone in the school community – parents, students, administrators – that a healthy school breakfast is key to student success. The theme appeared in school cafeterias during National School Breakfast Week, and cafeterias nationwide promoted school breakfast with special menus, decorations, activities and events.

According to the Food Research and Action Council, half of the children who eat lunch at school also eat school breakfast. The school breakfast program is available in all District Five schools and includes such menu items as cereal, fruits, juice and milk.

At Irmo Elementary School during National School Breakfast Week, students filled their trays with fruit, cereal and breakfast pizza, popular breakfast items said cafeteria manager Jill Christian.

“They love the breakfast pizza,” she said. “We try to make items that we know the students will enjoy and that are good for them too.”

Bedenbaugh added, “Breakfast is called the most important meal of the day.  When our students get a good breakfast in District Five cafeterias, we know they are getting a good start to the rest of the school day.”

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