COPPERAS COVE — Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast.

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, CCISD will recognize National School Breakfast Week, Monday through Friday.

The National School Breakfast Week campaign theme, “Wake Up to School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to “wake up” their minds and bodies during this week with special activities.

On Tuesday, Borden’s Elsie the Cow will make an appearance during breakfast at Martin Walker Elementary and visit students and promote the importance of a good breakfast. There will also be specific classes of students invited to participate in a mini-food show after breakfast where the CCISD Child Nutrition Department will be showcasing local Texas Produce.

On Wednesday, at Cove Junior High, and Thursday, at S.C. Lee Junior High, there will be a mini-food show where students will be introduced to specific foods, taste them and then complete a survey on the items they enjoyed or did not like.

CCISD Director of Child Nutrition Melissa Bryan said a healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can receive.

“National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer,” she said.

The district offers breakfast daily to the 7,925 students at CCISD through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Cove ISD prepare breakfasts and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards — limiting fat, calories and sodium — and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

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.

For more information about schools meals, check out the CCISD Child Nutrition Department web page at www.ccisd.com or for federal regulations, go to www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.

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