Mayor Rogers participates in National School Breakfast Week
Published 12:05 am Thursday, March 16, 2023
Chartwells K12 and DINE WS/FCS celebrated National School Breakfast week from March 6-10 in all WS/FC school cafeterias during their regularly scheduled breakfast times.
The NSBW campaign theme, “Dig in to school breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that healthy breakfast options available at school provide an energizing start to the day for students.
Clemmons Mayor Mike Rogers enjoyed a honey chicken biscuit at West Forsyth last week with principal Kevin Spainhour.
“Each year we highlight the importance of breakfast during National Breakfast Week; this week is highlighted with a special theme and new fun menu items,” said Ekta Patel, child nutrition executive director. “This year, the School Nutrition Association theme is ‘dig in’ to school breakfast. We’ve had great engagement with theme through decorations, uniform themed items like Dine hardhats and orange vests, and of course our menu. By focusing on breakfast this week, it allows us to open conversations of why breakfast is so important and how it impacts students’ mood, performance, and their own engagement in their classrooms.
“We’ve also had a few special visitors to our schools to show case our program. Superintendent Tricia McManus and the school board joined us on Monday at Paisley/Lowrance for our emoji breakfast waffle sandwich and the mayor of the village of Clemmons at West Forsyth for our honey chicken biscuit. It was a wonderful chance to have an honest discussion about what we do in our department and mission to nourish the WS/FCS student body. I couldn’t be prouder of the Dine team and what they do every day to serve our students, without nutritious meals our students learning would not be successful.”
U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The School Breakfast Program serves more than 14 million students every day.
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Fortunately, WS/FC schools offer nutritious school breakfasts, complete with fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school 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
School nutrition professionals and students were encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 6-10 as the district celebrates NSBW with special menus, activities, and more. Students will enjoy a decorated café and staff and be able to “dig in” to some delicious breakfast options like an eggoji breakfast sandwich, parfaits, honey butter chicken biscuits, and a Morningstar sausage biscuit.
Chartwells K12 provides for more than 600 school districts, ranging from large public institutions to small charter and private schools, all with expansive needs. Chartwells K12 is a culinary-focused organization with a mission to extend its passion, dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm into serving each student delicious and nutritious meals. The company is built on decades of food and education experience and driven by top culinary, nutrition, wellness and sustainability talent. Chartwells K12 is part of Compass Group, an international leader in foodservice management and support services. For more information, go to www.ChartwellsK12.com. For more information about WS/FCS meals, go to www.wsfcs.nutrislice.com.