LRSD's Nutrition Program Recognized for Helping Students Get Healthier Start

Several LRSD Schools were recently awarded cash prizes by the Midwest Diary Council for increasing participation in the ‘Breakfast in the Classroom’ program.  Woodruff Elementary was honored as a Silver Level Winner and the recipient of a $1,000 prize while Honor Roll Level Winners: Geyer Springs Elementary, Rockefeller Elementary, Wakefield Elementary and Stephens Elementary were awarded $250 each.  LRSD Nutrition Services Director Lilly Bouie was presented with the awards during the Arkansas Department of Education Child Nutrition Conference in Little Rock earlier this month.

Schools in Arkansas were challenged to feed more children by implementing alternative service methods to increase breakfast participation through a partnership with First Lady Ginger Beebe’s “No Kid Hungry” Campaign, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Share Our Strength, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, and Midwest Dairy Council.  Research indicates that students who participate in school breakfast programs demonstrate academic gains and improved behavior; have fewer nurse visits and attend classes more regularly.

Dairy farmers have invested $5,000 in breakfast rewards this year and more than $106,500 in the state since June, 2011 through Fuel Up to Play 60.  A large portion of the Fuel Up to Play 60 funds are being used to expand in-school breakfast programs to feed more children.  “As dairy farmers, we have always cared about our legacy and the importance of passing on a better future to the next generation, and we have been dedicated to child nutrition through our investment in National Dairy Council for more than 95 years,” said dairy farmer John Howerton from Berryville, Arkansas. For the 2012-13 school year, Midwest Dairy Council will be rewarding $30,000 for schools with the largest increases in breakfast participation by implementing an alternative breakfast program by January 31, 2013.

More than 70,000 schools are involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 nationwide - an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).