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FSNE Participates in National Breakfast Week and Literacy at Samuel Chase Elementary School

Dr. Maxwell, CEO of Prince George's Public Schools Deborah Archer, FSNE Supervisor & Educator
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Deborah Archer
National Nutrition Month, held annually in March, focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and engaging in physical activity habits.  During National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11, 2016), students, parents, and administrators celebrated the importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast.
At Samuel Chase Elementary School in Temple Hills, MD the school community also participated in Read Across America, where Dr. Maxwell, the CEO of Prince George's County Public Schools, read to students. According to Dr. Maxwell, "It is important to introduce children to reading at a young age to create solid, well-rounded learners." Sandra Holley, the Special Projects Coordinator for the onsite Judy Center, invited parents and caregivers to participate in a workshop entitled, Raising a Reader. Ms. Holley explained that this is "a literacy-based program geared toward pre-kindergarten students, and funded by the Maryland State Department of Education."

During the same day, and connecting the literacy theme to healthy meals, FSNE (SNAP-Ed on a national level) educator Deborah Archer, combined the messages of nutrition and literacy to present a FSNE Nutrition to Go display explaining to parents the importance of breakfast. Currently, educators at the school teach nutrition education using the FSNE health literacy curriculum, Read for Health, which uses storybooks promote literacy, nutrition education, and physical activity.
Article re-posted with permission from Deborah Archer.  Original article post in the Prince George's County Solutions in Your Community April 2016 edition.
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