Pasadena ISD 'Makes the Grade' with National School Breakfast Week March 2-6

Pasadena ISD 'Makes the Grade' with National School Breakfast Week March 2-6
Posted on 03/05/2015
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Pasadena ISD is serving up success for National School Breakfast Week.

All campuses are participating in the weeklong celebration, March 2-6, to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy breakfast and increase participation in the School Breakfast Program.

The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Make the Grade with School Breakfast” reminds everyone in the school community – students, parents, administrators – that a healthy school breakfast sets students up for a day of learning and academic success. The theme has appeared in school cafeterias and morning announcements throughout the week.

Pasadena ISD joined the national initiative by offering students healthy, locally grown produce for breakfast including grapefruit, oranges and milk. This effort supports the district’s year-round nutritional Harvest of the Month program, which highlights various locally grown produce. Like National School Breakfast Week, Harvest of the Month promotes healthy eating behaviors to help Pasadena ISD students achieve academic growth and success.

“Our district is committed to ensuring that students achieve excellence in school, and to reach that goal we offer breakfast to all students to help them perform their best throughout the day,” Jennifer Fasano, district dietician said. “Studies show that a healthy breakfast can increase focus, attention, improve grades and improve attitudes. That is why we have options available to students such as breakfast kiosks, carts and more to make morning meals fun and attainable. Most importantly, we encourage students to eat a healthy breakfast each day at school.”

The district serves over 22,000 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. About 600 Pasadena ISD employees in the child nutrition department prepare school breakfast and lunch meals daily that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and teach and encourage students to make healthy food choices.

“We make sure that there are fresh fruit and milk options each day for breakfast,” Fasano said. “The child nutrition staff work collaboratively with campus representatives and students to determine food items that will be included on the menu. There are several taste tests with students so meals are kid approved.”

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.

National School Breakfast Week
Photo courtesy of the Child Nutrition Department
Jackson Intermediate students participate in a taste test study.