LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – It is National School Breakfast Week and the idea is simple—have kids eat breakfast more often.
Courtesy of the USDA, about 60 students at Hamilton Early Learning Center received free breakfast. Each student had two breakfast options—cereal with toast or whole-grain breakfast pizza.
Supervisor of School Nutrition Programs Joni Ralph said even though breakfast is healthy and convenient, only 30 percent of students in the La Crosse district eat breakfast everyday.
"What we'd like to do is see those numbers increase, because we know that there are so many benefits for students. The more students that eat school breakfast, the better they'll do in the classroom," Ralph said.
According to the School Nutrition Association, students who eat a well-balanced breakfast take fewer trips to the nurse's office, have better overall health, and perform better in class.
"We just want to encourage kids to be here (for school breakfast) because for parents, it's convenient. It's healthy, it's a time saver and it is just a great way to start the day," Ralph said.
Ralph said by the 2014-2015 school year, all breakfast options which students will consume will be whole grain. School breakfast is available to all students in the La Crosse district.
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