Schools across Iowa celebrate National School Breakfast Week
To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, schools across the country will celebrate National School Breakfast Week, which is March 4-8.
This year’s theme, “Start Your Engines,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Iowa students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast during this week with special menus, cafeteria events, prizes, and more. Here are some examples of how schools are participating:
- Ankeny CSD: $1 breakfasts will be offered and families are invited to participate. Students who participate will have their name entered to win prizes. Local fire, police, and EMT are invited for a free breakfast and to join in on the fun!
- Des Moines Public Schools: Featuring new breakfast choices (chicken and waffle sandwich, egg and cheese slider, and a chicken sausage griller sandwich) and MyPlate’s mascot Power Panther will be visiting elementary schools during breakfast.
- Dubuque CSD: For each day students eat a school breakfast, their names will be put on a "pit pass" that enters them into a drawing for prizes. In addition, they will have fun racing-themed decorations and signs that say "Start your day with some FUEL."
- Oelwein CSD: For each day students eat a school breakfast, they get their name entered into a drawing for movie tickets donated by the local theater.
- Shenandoah CSD: Signage will be displayed on media players and in the cafeteria, communication will go out to parents, a special menu will be featured, and they will have a prize drawing for participating students.
- Southeast Polk CSD: A fun menu planned (Tower of Tires: mini donuts, Waffle Wheels; Tires in the Mud: biscuits and gravy; Steering Wheels: pancakes, and Super Sonic Smoothies). They will have $1 breakfasts at their elementary buildings and families are invited to join in on the fun. Prize giveaways will take place at the 6-12th buildings.
Consider how your school can expand access to and participation in breakfast. Expanding breakfast outside of the cafeteria – such as breakfast in the classroom, grab-n-go breakfast, and breakfast after first period – can increase breakfast participation by making breakfast convenient and accessible to all students.
For more information about National School Breakfast Week, visit the School Nutrition Association webpage.