• Jasmine Copeland and Maribel Lucas-Lopez enjoy their “breakfast banana splits” last Thursday at Ellijay Primary. The special meal also included strawberries, pineapple and yogurt during National School Breakfast Week.
    Jasmine Copeland and Maribel Lucas-Lopez enjoy their “breakfast banana splits” last Thursday at Ellijay Primary. The special meal also included strawberries, pineapple and yogurt during National School Breakfast Week.
  • Primary students happily put the special treats to the test along with their milk and orange juice before classes start for the day.
    Primary students happily put the special treats to the test along with their milk and orange juice before classes start for the day.
  • School nutrition professionals pitch in to help prepare breakfast banana splits that also include pinepapple, strawberries and yogurt. From left are Ellijay Primary School nutrition manager Teresa Farley, Vickie Kerr, Gilmer Schools Director of Nutrition Linda Waters, Donna Mooney and John Bartosik.
    School nutrition professionals pitch in to help prepare breakfast banana splits that also include pinepapple, strawberries and yogurt. From left are Ellijay Primary School nutrition manager Teresa Farley, Vickie Kerr, Gilmer Schools Director of Nutrition Linda Waters, Donna Mooney and John Bartosik.

School Breakfast Week numbers almost double

Are you kidding? Who wouldn’t want to eat a breakfast banana split?

Evidently not many students in Gilmer County Schools missed the chance last week. Almost twice as many breakfasts were served this year during National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8.

Last year, 6,401 breakfast meals were served in the school system during the same first week of March. This year, the total number jumped to 11,273 breakfast meals.

“As you can see, we almost doubled our numbers,” said Linda Waters, school nutrition director. “School breakfasts are important to help students fuel their bodies and minds to prepare them to learn.”

Waters said since school will be out Friday due to a staff development day, kids will have a special treat this Thursday.

“We are featuring a student breakfast favorite, Lucky Charms, in celebration of St. Patricks’s Day (Sunday),” she said. “Students love when we have special theme promotions, and they tend to eat better. We’re trying to get more awareness and participation of kids eating breakfast at school.”

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