Long River ready for breakfast week

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PROSPECT — Long River Middle School is planning to celebrate National School Breakfast Week.

National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the school breakfast program among students and parents.

Long River is celebrating the week, March 2 to March 6, by promoting school breakfast with special menus and decorations, activities and events all week. There will be an art contest with a winner in each grade level. The winning drawings will be sent to the School Nutrition Association where one grand prize will be chosen. Students who participate during the week have a chance to win physical education prizes like jump ropes and bike helmets.

“Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and we know hungry children can’t learn,” said Region 16 School Nutrition Director Victoria Biello in a press release. “A healthy breakfast helps students focus in the classroom and perform better. That’s why we offer a healthy breakfast every morning in our middle and high school. We hope to see our elementary schools participate in the breakfast program in the future.”

The Region 16 Board of Education, which oversees schools in Beacon Falls and Prospect, approved a breakfast program at for the school in the fall of 2013.