FWCS celebrates National School Breakfast Week - February 27, 2009

Record Number: 4847
Displayed from: Feb 27, 2009 , until: Mar 07, 2009

Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 2-6. This year's theme is "Power Up with School Breakfast," with six breakfast superheroes promoting the importance of a good breakfast. FWCS Nutrition Services is kicking off the week by combining the celebration with Dr. Seuss's birthday. Elementary school students will have a special green eggs and ham breakfast for lunch on Monday, March 2. Nationwide, the National School Breakfast Program serves 10.1 million children daily. FWCS Nutrition Services provides about 7,000 students with breakfast each day. School breakfasts meet federal dietary guidelines and have limited fat while providing protein, calcium, iron and Vitamins A and C. 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. * Have greater gains in standardized test scores and show improvements in math, reading and vocabulary scores. * Have fewer trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism. Throughout the week, students will learn about the importance of eating a good breakfast and have the opportunity to participate in a poster contest to design a breakfast superhero.

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.