TINICUM — A pair of state lawmakers got a healthy start to their day Wednesday morning by promoting National School Breakfast Week at Tinicum School.
State Sen. Tim Kearney, D-26 of Swarthmore, and state Rep. Dave Delloso, D-162 of Ridley Township, met with school leaders, educators, and education and healthy eating advocates for an event called "Hear the Pennsylvania Crunch!" in honor of the week dedicated to providing students that crucial first meal of the school day.
“We’re here today because we all care about our children and we want to do everything we can to ensure that they achieve their full potential,” said Kearney. “We’ve seen it proven time and time again that starting the day at school with a healthy, nutritious breakfast prepares students for the day ahead, leading to improved school performance, fewer nurse visits, and even a lower probability of childhood obesity.”
According to the School Nutrition Association, National School Breakfast Week celebrates the National School Breakfast Program started in 1975 by Congress and serves more than 14 million children every school day. Having a breakfast of sustenance helps students reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math, score higher on standardized tests and have better concentration and memory according to the SNA.
A 2015 survey by the association reported an increase in breakfast participation during National School Breakfast Week in 96 percent of its member schools.
“As a veteran teacher, I have seen the difference a healthy breakfast makes in preparing kids to learn. I want to thank all our partners in this project and our superintendent, who partnered with our association from the beginning to ensure a successful event,” said Interboro Education Association President Judith Tilles. “As we enter the final months of the school year, we hope that our district will continue to have the funding it needs to operate our school breakfast program and all the other wonderful things we do within the Interboro community.”
The Pennsylvania State Education Association helped coordinate the event with Feeding Pennsylvania.