Getting more students to blast off with breakfast

March 6, 2006

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data shows that more and more students are beginning their days with a nutritious breakfast in school cafeterias.

And Crandall ISD for the past week has been encouraging even more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast by celebrating National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), March 2-6.

The federally assisted program was launched in 1989 and operates in public and non-profit private schools, and residential child care institutions. It currently serves more than 14 million students every day, including 2,456 students at CISD’s eight campuses. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Themed, “Out of This World,” the NSBW campaign reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals have shown their enthusiasm for school breakfasts with new items to try and selfie photos with breakfast signs.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” said Amy Mitchell, director of CISD’s Food and Nutrition Dept. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting and appealing choices we offer.”

The district serves more than 980 breakfast meals daily through the program. Crandall cafeteria workers prepare breakfast and lunch every day that meet federal nutrition standards – which limit fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

Fruits and 100-percent fruit juice are on the breakfast menu along with whole grain cereals and a variety of hot items. Monthly menus are available on the district’s Food and Nutrition web page.

“We appreciate so much what our Food and Nutrition staff does every day for CISD students,” Mitchell said. “They interact with every student on a campus at some point during the day in the cafeteria. That influence is among the farthest-reaching at any school and our district knows that. Their role is key to helping our students have the best experience they can at school and we thank them for all they do.”