School officials to celebrate National Breakfast Week March 5-9, by reminding parents, students of the importance of morning meal

Grand County School District officials are celebrating National School Breakfast Week March 5-9 with a reminder to local parents and students about the importance of a good breakfast to student health and learning.

Research shows that eating breakfast can boost test scores and improve classroom behavior, while reducing tardiness and trips to the office, according to a news release from the school district’s nutrition office. Yet in the race to get to the head of the class, many students forget the importance of jump-starting their days with a morning meal.

“Every school day the school district’s breakfast program offers students the healthy foods they need to get set for a busy day,” said Debbie Rappe, school lunch supervisor for Helen M. Knight Elementary School. “We serve fresh fruits, healthy whole grain high fiber breads, high fiber cereals that are low in sugar, and low-fat meats, yogurts and milks. Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition guidelines limiting fat and portion sizes.”

Breakfast at the high school and middle school begins at 7:20 a.m. and continues until 8:15 a.m. Monday through Friday. At the elementary school, breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 8:15 a.m. The cost for school breakfast is $1.75 at the high school and middle schools and $1.25 at HMK. Those who qualify can receive a free breakfast or a reduced price breakfast for 30 cents, Rappe said in a news release. Forms for free and reduced-cost meals are available at all schools or the school district office. Families must meet certain income requirements to be eligible for those programs, according to the news release.

Healthy school breakfasts can be a lifesaver for busy parents as well, Rappe said.

“It’s a race for any family to get their kids ready, fed and out the door on time for school,” Rappe said. “Knowing that your child can eat a healthy breakfast after they get to school can be a huge relief for parents.”

Parents are also welcome to purchase a breakfast or lunch and join their child for the meal, according to the news release.