March 7-11 Celebrates National School Breakfast Week
03/03/2016 9:28 am
National School Breakfast Week: March 7-11
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is a week-long celebration that brings awareness to the school breakfast program.
This week is especially important to the West Salem Elementary School, after the School Board recently voted to continue the Breakfast in the Classroom program throughout the remainder of the school year.
Though there has already been an increase in students participating in the school breakfast program, Kerri Feyen, Director of Nutrition Services, is hopeful that NSBW will bring even more awareness to the benefits of it.
Feyen shared that the Breakfast in the Classroom program was started to provide students a nutritious start to their day, especially those that did not arrive early enough at school to partake in traditional breakfast.
Besides the nutritional value of a morning meal, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction wrote that “recent studies indicate that students who eat breakfast have improved mathematics grades and reading scores, enhanced classroom attentiveness, reduced absenteeism and tardy rates, fewer nurses’ visits, and improved psychosocial behaviors.”
Since beginning the program, School Nurse Coordinator Connie Troyanek has noticed a dramatic decrease in students mistaking hunger for stomach aches. And, while it is hard to measure, Feyen says she plans to monitor the effect the program has had on academic success.
After a recent survey about the school breakfast program, Feyen shared that around 190 students participate in the program daily; up from the previous 75. According to a 2015 survey of School Nutrition Association members, 96% said that student participation in the breakfast program increases during NSBW.