Schools plan special menus, activities for breakfast week

School Breakfast Art

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — As increasing numbers of students start their day with breakfast in their school cafeterias, the La Crosse School District is turning up the heat in its school kitchens and providing special menus for of National School Breakfast Week March 2-6.

In addition to special menus for the week, with a theme titled “School Breakfast: Out of This World,” schools will present special cafeteria events, and three schools will feature celebrity servers, including:

  • Monday — La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and State Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling will dish up the victuals from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at Hamilton Elementary/SOTA I.
  • Tuesday — Supt. Randy Nelson and School Board Member Brad Quarberg will serve the grub from 8 to 9 a.m. at Southern Bluffs Elementary.
  • Wednesday — District Elementary Education Director for Shelley Shirel will fill the trays from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at Spencer Elementary.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day ensures our students are getting the best education they can,” said Lyn Halvorson, who supervises the district’s school nutrition programs.

In January, district schools served more than 35,000 meals through the district’s breakfast program. Every day, the district’s nutrition professionals prepare breakfast and lunches that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with the meals.

Tje School Nutrition Association launched National School Breakfast Week in 1989 to raise awareness about the federal the School Breakfast Program available to all children and to promote the links among a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.