WVDE Recognizes “Champions of Breakfast”

March 08, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Three West Virginia county schools have been recognized for their outstanding practices in the School Breakfast program. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognized South Harrison High School, Ravenswood Middle School and Roane County High School with awards.  

Counties nominated schools for outstanding and innovative practices in the School Breakfast Program. Two high schools and one middle school were recognized as “Champions of Breakfast.” Ravenswood Middle School was singled out for its efforts and named this years “GRAND CHAMPION” winner.  

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 was made for schools that have raised awareness in the community concerning the importance of school breakfast, as well as eliminating barriers to school breakfast participation.  

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that school breakfast provide 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. Every West Virginia school offers breakfast each morning. But students often skip breakfast. Statewide 28 percent of students eat breakfast at school.  

March 7th – 11th is National School Breakfast Week.  

For more information about the Breakfast of Champions Award or the school breakfast program, contact Daniel Todd, coordinator with the WVDE Office of Child Nutrition, at (304) 558-4856.  

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