Start your engines with school breakfast!
March 4 - 8 was National School Breakfast Week! We celebrated with prize giveaways and special guest appearances all week long! Check out the slideshow below for highlights from the week:
Why eat school breakfast?
We believe that a nutritious breakfast is crucial to a successful day of learning. Studies show that students who eat breakfast generally have healthier overall diets and a lower chance of being overweight or obese. Furthermore, skipping breakfast is linked with tardiness, absenteeism, and falling behind in school. When students go to class hungry, they are more likely to experience stomachaches, headaches, depression, and an inability to focus. Since starting breakfast in the classroom programming at our elementary schools, we have noticed a dramatic reduction in nurse's visits and an increase in student performance.
Because we are a CEP district, all students can eat a free breakfast every day. And due to a new state mandate, we will soon be offering breakfast after the bell in all 15 Chicopee schools, with a goal of at least 80% participation.
To learn more about school breakfast, check out this fact sheet from No Kid Hungry.
The ChicopeeFRESH team is a group of creative individuals who are working to feed Chicopee students healthy, local and FRESH foods each day.