BCSD ‘pulling out all the stops’ for National School Breakfast Week
Published Monday, February 27, 2023
Berkeley County School District will join schools from all over the country on March 6-10 and celebrate the benefits of breakfast as a part of National School Breakfast Week. National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the benefits of breakfast. It’s a federally funded program.
This year’s theme is “DIG IN to School Breakfast,” and BCSD’s Child Nutrition Services (CNS) team has planned activities they believe that students will truly dig.
Through the ordering of food and supplies for school kitchens, BCSD’s cafeterias were able to collected hundreds of thousands of Cool School perks or points that can be used to obtain items from various vendors at no further cost. In the past, points were used to acquire equipment and etc.
BCSD CNS managers decided all points acquired from purchasing food for students would go back to the students in the form of gifts. Those gifts are up for winning during National School Breakfast Week.
“We loved the idea of giving back to them,” said BCSD Child Nutrition Services Director Benny Smith.
Bicycles, iPads, ear buds, gift cards -- there will be daily prizes and larger prizes presented at the end of the week. If a student finds a sticker under their breakfast tray, there’s a daily prize like a gift card to be awarded. For the larger prizes, each time a student eats breakfast, it’s entered into a randomizer for selection at the end of the week.
“We are pulling out all stops to increase participation in National School Breakfast Week and awareness of the importance of students eating breakfast,” Smith said. “We know that when kids eat breakfast, it fuels their bodies to learn.”
While the cliche of breakfast being the most important meal of the day was born from a marketing strategy associated with the Kellogg’s company, it isn’t wrong. Research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology and Information confirms that children with higher intakes of key vitamins and nutrients excel. Simply put -- children who eat breakfast are more likely to score higher on tests, perform highly in reading and math and have a higher level of focus on tasks.
BCSD School Breakfast Rates
- Reduced Breakfast $.30
- Student Breakfast $1.25
- Adult Breakfast $3.50
- Second breakfast is 3.50
BCSD School Breakfast Menu (March) - link