Getting More Students to Begin their Day with Breakfast

“Start Your Engines” Campaign Encourages Southeast Polk Families to Choose Breakfast at School

Southeast Polk Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 4-8, 2019.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data shows that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves 14 million students every day. 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

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Start Your Engines,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for “Start Your Engines” from March 4-8 with special menus, cafeteria events, and more.

Amy A’Hearn, Director of Food and Nutrition, shared, “Southeast Polk is planning to host the $1 breakfast one day at each elementary building. It is a fun way to promote school breakfast as well as highlight breakfast for students and families.  We welcome all students and families to join us!”

Elementary buildings will have a themed breakfast menu for the week, such as Tower of Tires (mini chocolate donuts), Waffle Wheels, Tires in the Mud (biscuits & gravy), Steering Wheels (maple bursting pancakes) and Supersonic Smoothies!  

At Spring Creek, Junior High and High school, every time a student eats breakfast with us, their name will be placed in a drawing for prizes.  So a student could get their name entered 5 times if they ate breakfast every day. We have some great prizes – NFL Vikings player signed football (2), NFL Vikings player signed collectible helmets (2), bluetooth speakers, memory sticks, and more!

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said A’Hearn. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.” The district serves over 1300 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals at Southeast Polk prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.”

About National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975.