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School District Five celebrates National School Breakfast Week

For Immediate Release – March 4, 2020



School District Five celebrates National School Breakfast Week

IRMO – March 2 through March 6 is National School Breakfast week, and in Lexington-Richland School District Five, Student Nutrition staff celebrated by bringing in new menu items in hopes of increasing more participation and educating students about the importance of eating breakfast.


“I think students need to know that a healthy nutritious meal is what they need to get them through the day,” said River Springs Elementary School student nutrition manager Sharon Eargle.  “We want them to have well balanced meals at school.  National School Breakfast Week gives students an idea of what its like to enjoy different things because we have a different variety of items to choose from.  We will see what they like and add it to the menu.” 


Nearly 3,500 students eat breakfast in cafeterias each school day in School District Five. According to the School Nutrition Association, students who eat breakfast before school tend to reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math, score higher on standardized tests, have better concentration and memory, are more alert and maintain a healthy weight.


“Personal wellness is important for our students,” said River Springs principal Matt Gams.  “Getting the right nutritious breakfast and starting their day off right will hopefully help them in the classroom to perform at their highest level.”


This year, the Student Nutrition Association celebrated the occasion through the theme of “Out of This World,” it reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Students who ate school breakfast this week were also entered into a drawing to win gift cards.


School District Five Director of Student Nutrition, Todd Bedenbaugh, knows how important a quality breakfast can have on our students. “School breakfast provides a lot of key nutrients, like calcium and fiber, that help students stay focused and start the school day off right,” said Bedenbaugh.  “Many call it the most important meal of the day. Breakfast has many benefits, and School District Five’s student nutrition team is proud to play a role in helping students succeed.”


Superintendent Christina Melton served as the guest server in the cafeteria for students at Oak Pointe Elementary during the breakfast rush.


“It’s important for School District Five to honor National School Breakfast Week because starting the day off with a strong breakfast is an important part to our students’ success,” Melton said.  “This week we celebrate the contributions of all of our nutritional staff, how they invite our kids to eat in our program and how they feed them and more importantly how they spend time getting to know our students and building relationships with them.”


The school breakfast program is available in all district schools and includes menu items such as cereal, fruits, milk, grits, sausage and more. School District Five serves approximately 13,000 meals a day district-wide. School District Five Student Nutrition initiatives also include the Farm to Five program, annual district student “Chopped” competition, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Food Truck Grant winner for Summer Feeding and also has received three consecutive USDA Best Practice Awards.