Hopkins Elementary wins Breakfast Club Award

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Hopkins Elementary School recently was named one of six Breakfast Club Award winners in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the 2020-21 school year. By demonstrating excellence in prioritizing the nutritional quality of school breakfast and for directing their efforts on relieving the hunger barrier so that students could focus on learning, Hopkins Elementary demonstrates Breakfast Club best practices.

The Breakfast Club seeks to work toward the Virginia Department of Education’s goal to increase daily school breakfast participation among free and reduced students in order to achieve a 70 percent average of school lunch participation. As a Breakfast Club recipient, Hopkins promotes equity in school meals by removing barriers through alternative breakfast service models, such as grab-and-go breakfast from kiosks placed around the school.

Another best practice for Breakfast Club stakeholders is to improve the nutritional quality of school breakfast. Through community partnerships with local farms, Hopkins Elementary provides local fresh fruit in place of fruit juice for breakfast as a healthy alternative.

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Chesterfield County Public Schools is celebrating National School Breakfast Week from March 8-12. Because of her commitment to making a healthy school breakfast available to all students, Hopkins Elementary Principal Dr. Lisa Hill has been named Chesterfield County Public Schools’ 2021 School Breakfast Champion.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” Dr. Hill said. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.”

The NSBW campaign 2021 theme, “Score Big with School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Students and teachers are encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast this week as Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services team celebrates NSBW with special menus, activities and prizes. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing all children to receive school breakfast and lunch for free, without an application, so it’s a great time for families to give school breakfast a try.

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