FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178
Dr. Jeff Walker, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services, 301-475-4256, ext. 7
LEONARDTOWN, MD – In anticipation of hitting the milestone of serving two million meals this school year, St. Mary’s County Public Schools will combine this celebration with the annual National School Breakfast Week starting March 7-11, 2022. This year’s Kickoff Celebration will be at Town Creek Elementary School on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, during breakfast!
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing all children to receive school breakfast and lunch for free, without an application, so it’s a great time for families to give school breakfast a try. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 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, “Take Off with School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals and students will be encouraged to show enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 7-11 as the district celebrates with special menus, cafeteria events, and more.
Other events for the week include highlighting our Breakfast in the Classroom Program at Lexington Park Elementary on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, with “Milk Moo-staches,” “Hear the Maryland Crunch Day” at Mechanicsville Elementary on Thursday, March 10, 2022, and a special new breakfast item on Friday, March 11, 2022, at every school!
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” states Megan Doran, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. “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 800,000 breakfast meals yearly through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in St. Mary’s County Public Schools 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.