by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Sausage, eggs, French toast, grits, and hot apples were all on the lunch menu last Wednesday at Bain Elementary, part of National School Breakfast Week.

National School Breakfast Week, March 4–8, is an initiative created by non-profit group School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s Foodservice, first launched in 1989 to raise awareness about the School Breakfast Program and the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.

Studies by the Food Research and Action Center show that eating breakfast increases student’s math and reading scores and improves cognitive speed and memory.

At Bain, Kindergarten through second grade students wore pajamas to school, and third to fifth graders wore nightcaps and robes over their clothes, all to promote breakfast.

Yvonne Shoulders, cafeteria manager at Bain, said that a lot of kids at Bain eat breakfast before coming to school, but the school breakfast program sees about 100 students regularly.

Shoulders said students welcome the change of pace and enjoy breakfast at lunchtime.

“They love it,” Shoulders said. “They love breakfast for lunch, they really do.”

An essay contest for fourth graders is also part of the festivities, on the topic of “Who’s your school breakfast star?”

The contest asks students to answer two questions about who they would bring to breakfast and why, and what breakfast food would they share with that person and why.

Three national winners will be selected and have their essays published in School Nutrition Magazine.

With all the activities, the focus is still on the importance of healthy, nutritious breakfasts for students.

This is not the only event that Bain hosts to help promote healthy nutrition for their students. Earlier this year, chefs came to speak to students, and National School Lunch Week is also on the calendar for October.

Whatever the occasion, students and cafeteria workers alike enjoy doing lunch different every now and then.

“It’s just to see everybody come and get excited because we do it everyday,” Shoulders said, on why she likes doing special things for students. “They take our regular lunch for granted, so this day they really seem to enjoy what we do. It’s fun to see when they come in and kick it up with pajamas or decorations or whatever the case may be. It’s just fun to see them, ‘wow it’s breakfast for lunch day’ and they really enjoy what we’re doing.”