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Cardinal visits Schools for Breakfast during National School Breakfast Week

Monticello Elementary students enjoyed seeing the Cardinal mascot

During March 4 – 8, Wayne County Schools joined school cafeterias across the country celebrating National School Breakfast Week with the “Start Your Engines with School Breakfast” campaign. The 30th annual celebration included special events, activities and menus to raise awareness of the many ways school breakfast helps fuel students for academic achievement. Locally, the Wayne County Cardinal mascot made appearances at each school during the week long celebration.

More than 90,000 schools nationwide offer students a variety of healthy breakfast options each day through the School Breakfast Program. Meals meet federal nutrition standards limiting unhealthy fat, calories and sodium. School nutrition professionals encourage students to enjoy the fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat or fat free milk offered with school breakfast. Research shows students who eat breakfast at school perform better on standardized tests and have improved classroom behavior and attendance.

School breakfast is a key source of nutrition for students who receive free or reduced price school meals, but it is also a benefit to those who are not hungry before they arrive at school or have hectic morning schedules. A recent SNA survey found that schools are working to make healthy school breakfast a more convenient choice for students. More than 54% of responding school districts offer school breakfast through alternate service venues in addition to the traditional cafeteria line, which is the case at Wayne County Schools. School breakfast participation continues to rise thanks to breakfast in the classroom programs and grab and go kiosks, which allow students to pick up a healthy meal on the way to class. Thanks to these innovative breakfast service models, schools serve more than 14 million students each school day.

The National School Breakfast Week “Start Your Engines with School Breakfast” campaign gives schools an opportunity to spotlight the nutritious breakfast options available at their schools and educate parents and students on how school breakfast provides an energizing start to the day for students. The campaign includes activity sheets for students and an infographic on the benefits of breakfast for parents.

The School Nutrition Association will also host a National School Breakfast Week giveaway contest on and feature stories from breakfast programs around the country on Tray Talk was launched to share success stories straight from the cafeteria and raise awareness of the positive difference school meals make in students’ lives.

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the School Breakfast Program and to promote the links between eating a nutritious breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. The “Start Your Engines with School Breakfast” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s.


Walker Early Learning Center

Cardinal posing with elementary student\

Hunter Morrow enjoyed the mascot's visit

Cardinal associating with kid

Students loved having the Cardinal's company at breakfast

Cardinal and Walker staff

The Cardinal appreciating some of Walker's staff (l-r): Tammy Stinson, Janice Barnett, Bonnie Bridgeman, and April Phipps

Middle School students spending time with kids

Middle school student Braden Fulton enjoyed spending the early morning with Walker's students

Middle School student serving breakfast

Freshman Alyssa Abner served in the breakfast line

Monticello Elementary

Cardinal and Monticello Elementary Student

Toribio Gonzalez Pastor enjoying the mascot's visit

Cardinal visiting classrooms

Laura Crabtree's third grade class posing with the Cardinal

Cardinal visiting children

Children meeting the school system's mascot

Cardinal having breakfast with the elementary student

The Cardinal spent time having breakfast with the elementary students

Bell Elementary

Promotional breakfast items were given out

Bell Elementary students received promotional gifts with the help of Middle School student Kathren Crabtree.

Student coloring sheets

Students at Bell colored a variety of breakfast-themed coloring pages with catchy slogans

Middle School

Cardinal with Middle School students

(L-R) Kendall Wagers, Heaven Hunt, Haley Barnett, and Jayden Young posing with the Cardinal Mascot while going through the breakfast line

Cardinal having breakfast at the Middle School

The mascot grabbing a tasty school breakfast

High School

Cardinal grabbing breakfast at the high school

(L-R) Phyllis Burnette and Michelle Lowe ringing up the Cardinal's breakfast

Cardinal with high school staff

(L-R) Back row: Melinda Vaughn, Charatie Minnich, Cardinal Mascot, Rosa Tucker
Front row: Student Willis Nevels, Michelle Lowe, Priscilla Stinson, Ginger Upchurch, and Phyllis Burnette

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