Alabaster schools celebrating National Breakfast Week

Alabaster Schools will observe National Breakfast Week next week. (File)

Alabaster Schools will observe National Breakfast Week next week. (File)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

To garner increased participation in the School Breakfast Program, Alabaster City Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week. Slated for March 3-7 2014, National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.

The 2014 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take Time for School Breakfast” encourages parents to consider the school breakfast program as a time-saving option for those busy mornings. The theme will appear in school cafeterias during National School Breakfast Week, March 3-7.

“Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and hungry children can’t learn,” said Heather McDermott, Alabaster City Schools child nutrition director. “Eating breakfast at school can help families save time in the morning. And knowing that school breakfast is healthy and a great value is a huge relief for parents.”

Cafeterias will promote school breakfast with special menus and decorations, activities and events all week. Monday, we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day with a special breakfast of green eggs and ham. We have activities for the elementary schools to do in the classroom and some free give-a-ways for those who eat breakfast this week.

Every school day, Alabaster City Schools’ breakfast program offers students a healthy breakfast they need to get set for a busy school day. Throughout the week, other than green eggs and ham, ACS will be serving cinnamon raisin biscuits, breakfast pizza, ham and cheese biscuits with grits, and eggs, hash brown patties with toast.

Every breakfast comes with fruit and a choice of milk or juice. Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium.

“Take Time for School Breakfast” was created by the non-profit School Nutrition Association with support from Kellogg’s Foodservice. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.