FWCS celebrates National School Breakfast Week - March 04, 2008

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Displayed from: Mar 04, 2008 , until: Mar 14, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools is celebrating National School Breakfast Week March 3-7. The theme this year is "School Breakfast: Fuel Your Imagination" and kicked off with Green Eggs and Ham for lunch on Monday. The menu coincided with Read Across America celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. The importance of eating a good breakfast is clear: Students who eat breakfast earn, on average, a letter grade higher in math than kids who don't, according to Pediatrics Magazine. Students who eat school breakfast have greater gains in standardized test scores and show improvements in math, reading and vocabulary scores. Healthy eating correlates with fewer trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism. Despite the positive benefits of a good breakfast, 51 percent of kids across the nation go to school without breakfast on any given day. Nationally, about $2 billion was spent on the School Breakfast Program in 2006 to provide breakfast for nearly 9.8 million children each day. In Fort Wayne Community Schools, about 6,865 breakfasts are served daily with a total of nearly 1.2 million breakfasts served during the 2006-07 school year. School Breakfast Programs provide a balanced and healthy meal for students by meeting nutrition guidelines including limited the amount of fat and providing the Recommended Dietary Allowance of protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A and C.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.