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WVDE Seeks “Champions Of Breakfast” Nominees

December 14, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. - This school year, the West Virginia Department of Education will recognize outstanding and innovative practices in the School Breakfast Program. Two elementary, two middle and two high schools will be recognized as “Champions of Breakfast.” The champion staff (cafeteria manager and principal) will be honored at an awards banquet in Charleston in the spring of 2005, where a “GRAND CHAMPION of Breakfast” will be named.  

The “Champions of Breakfast” award is designed to encourage and reward outstanding practices in school food service with special emphasis on the School Breakfast Program. Consideration will be made for schools that have raised awareness in the school and community concerning the importance of school breakfast, as well as eliminating barriers to school breakfast participation. County administrators will nominate the schools for the award.  

A well-balance and nutritious breakfast helps students get ready for a day of learning. Studies conducted in Maryland and Minnesota show that students that eat school breakfast have improved classroom performance and have an increased ability to focus and concentrate on school work. In addition, reduced disciplinary problems, tardiness and visits to the school nurse have been documented.  

“There is no better way to start the school day than with a healthy breakfast,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “With a nutritious start to the day, children’s minds are more awake and ready to learn.”  

School breakfasts are planned to provide at least 25 percent of children’s nutrition needs for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. School breakfast is a healthy, convenient and affordable option for parents who are pressed for time in the mornings or children who aren’t ready to eat before they leave for school.  

West Virginia consistently leads the nation in making school breakfast available to students. All West Virginia schools offer breakfast each morning. Statewide 28 percent of students eat breakfast at school.

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