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Students Discover the Great Plate of Texas During 2016 School Breakfast Week

The Texas Department of Agriculture used two themes during the 2016 School Breakfast Week celebration in Texas. Elementary students celebrated with "Discover the Great Plate of Texas with a Healthy Breakfast" and middle and high school students had materials encouraging them to "Stay Charged Longer with a Healthy Breakfast."

The stories below highlight some of the ways Texas schools taught students important lessons about breakfast and local products.

Klein ISD, Klein, Texas  Minimize 

During 2016 School Chantal Dybala enjoyed meeting Toro during school breakfast week at Klein ISD.Breakfast Week Klein ISD’s Krahn Elementary was treated to a visit from Toro, the mascot for the Houston Texans football team. Toro helped Klein ISD get the students excited about eating breakfast and School Breakfast Week.

All Klein ISD elementary schools that serve breakfast from their cafeterias offered student-favorite homemade whole grain entrees, such as kolaches and cinnamon rolls each day during School Breakfast Week. Martha Armenta, a production assistant in the kitchen at Krahn, made beautiful cinnamon rolls from scratch using a whole grain yeast dough recipe. Local farm fresh Texas oranges were offered each day as well. The cafeteria staff at Krahn Elementary usually serves 135 when cinnamon rolls are offered. On March 9, the day Toro Krahn Elementary students enjoyed breakfast and a special guest during School Breakfast Week.visited, they served 250 breakfasts.

Photos: (Top right) Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services Field Supervisor Chantal Dybala enjoyed meeting Toro during School Breakfast week at Krahn Elementary. (Left) Krahn Elementary students enjoyed breakfast and a special guest during School Breakfast Week.

Photos courtesy of Klein ISD.

Leander ISD, Leander, Texas - Fuel Greatness and Garden Tour  Minimize 

On March 8, AgricultureCommissioner Sid Miller at the School Breakfast Week Celebration at Pleasant Hill Elementary.. Commissioner Sid Miller and Assistant Commissioner Angela Olige celebrated School Breakfast Week at Leander ISD's Dairy MAX 2016 Breakfast Games at Pleasant Hill Elementary. Dallas Cowboys strong safety Barry Church was another special guest on hand for the event. Commissioner Miller spoke to students at about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day and the role Texas agriculture plays in their lives every day.

“Every morning that kids start their day with a healthy breakfast is a day they start off on the right foot, and that’s why we’re using National School Breakfast Week as a tool to teach Texas children why breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” Commissioner Miller said. “We want young Texans to know that starting the morning with a healthy breakfast is the best way to fuel up for a successful day of learning at school. Our farmers and ranchers play a critical role in that success, and this week is another opportunity to help teach our students why Texas agriculture matters.”

After the event, Angela enjoyed a VIP tour of the Pleasant Hill Elementary gardens with students.

Photo: (Left to Right) U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Administrator Bill Ludwig, Barry Church, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Photo courtesy of Leander ISD.

School Breakfast Week Promotes a Smart Start!
The 2015 School Breakfast Week was held March 2-6, and schools across Texas celebrated "The Smart Way to Start Your Day - Breakfast." The theme was all about the importance of starting the day off right by eating a healthy Texas breakfast. 

The stories below highlight some of the ways Texas schools taught students important lessons about breakfast and local products.
Sinton ISD, Sinton, Texas - Farmer's Breakfast Market  Minimize 
Sinton ISD chose to follow the success they Sinton ISD School breakfast weekhad with the 2014 National School Lunch Week farmers market and have a farmers breakfast market available for students during National School Breakfast Week 2015. Students could “shop” at the campus farmers market and choose a fresh fruit ready that was ready to eat. This was a great way to get students excited about picking fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural, unprocessed state. The students loved the event!

Photo: Gracie Garcia and Debbie Gonzalez get ready for School Breakfast Week. Photo courtesy of Sinton ISD.

Northeast ISD, San Antonio, Texas - Brunch for Lunch  Minimize 
Who doesn’t love breakfast Northeast ISD school breakfast week photofood? For some students breakfast food is even better when it’s served at lunch ! Northeast ISD incorporated that idea into their National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) celebration. The food service department offered “Brunch for Lunch” one day during the week. These promotions allowed the students who typically don’t eat school breakfast to taste how delicious the food is and it encouraged them to try school breakfast. 

They promoted all their NSBW celebrations by advertising during the morning announcements, and with advertisements on the digital menu boards. During the lunch time, they also offered samples of the breakfast items that were on the menu during NSBW. This was another great way to introduce the students to the breakfast menu and encourage these students come in for breakfast in the future.

Photo: Northeast ISD students showed their appreciation for the food service staff

Coppell ISD, Coppell, Texas - Brain Food Breakfast Bash  Minimize 

This year for National School Breakfast Week, Coppell ISD wanted to show the importance of building a better brain with a healthy meal Breakfast bags at Coppell ISDat the beginning of the day. They demonstrated this by holding an event called, Brain Food Breakfast Bash, which was for kindergarten through eighth grade students. This event was a party for all of these students during breakfast service, where they received a free breakfast bag as long as they RSVP’d beforehand. Many of the campuses also held a variety of promotions to try and increase the number of students eating breakfast during the entire week.

Photo: Students could receive a breakfast bag during Brain Food Breakfast Bash at Coppell ISD.

Pittsburg ISD, Pittsburg, Texas - Swimming Dolphins  Minimize 
Karyn Buckner, child pittsburg dolphin photonutrition director at Pittsburg ISD, used swimming dolphins to get students excited for School Breakfast Week. Instead of bringing actual sea creatures to the cafeteria, the team at Pittsburg Elementary used bananas and blueberries to create the dolphins and encourage the students to eat a healthy breakfast. The fun breakfast item starts with slicing the stem on a half cup of banana to resemble a porpoise’s mouth and making a mark for the eye. The banana is positioned in a quarter cup of blueberries so it appears to be leaping out of the water. The finishing touch is a goldfish or berry placed in the mouth. This type of creative presentation of nutritious foods is guaranteed to get elementary students talking about eating right.

Magnolia ISD, Magnolia, Texas - Breakfast Week  Minimize 
To celebrate School Breakfast Week, Magnolia ISD put on a week-long event to highlight the health and cognitive benefits of consuming a balanced breakfast on a daily basis. District Chef Adan Cortez III visited a few campuses to show the students that cooking breakfast can be fun and easy. He presented cooking demonstrations during the breakfast service at each of the school campuses. His objectives were to show the students the importance of integrating fruits and vegetables into breakfast and also to highlight the value of choosing local products in order to help stimulate the local economy.

During the week, he demonstrated preparing green eggs and ham, citrus parfaits, cauliflower scramble burritos, strawberry smoothies, and oatmeal toppers. With each of these demonstrations, he presented the recipe to the students as well as discussed the nutritional benefits of the main ingredients. 

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