Potomac View Elementary Sets Example and Forges Ahead on Virginia Breakfast Challenge

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Nothing gets kids better prepared for their first class, and the school day, than a nutritious breakfast; it’s a lesson well learned at Potomac View Elementary School. This morning, the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, congratulated Principal Latiesa Green, Superintendent Steve Walts, and an assembly of fourth graders for promoting breakfast. More than 300 Potomac View students are taking their breakfast into the classroom each day so they don’t miss this critical meal.

McAuliffe selected Potomac View to kick off the Virginia Breakfast Challenge because of its model breakfast program, where participation nearly doubled over the last two years.

“You are doing great,” McAuliffe told the students. “We hope that all Virginia public schools will join the Virginia Breakfast Challenge to keep up the momentum and expand access for the thousands of Virginia students who go without breakfast each day.”

All hands flew up in the air when the Superintendent asked the assembly of fourth-graders if they had eaten breakfast this morning. Clearly excited at the response, Green told the students that Potomac View was going to win the Breakfast Challenge and the First Lady would be coming back to congratulate them.

“We remind students every day that if they did not have breakfast at home, they can get a great hot or cold breakfast at school,” Green said.

The kickoff at Potomac View included former National Football League running back Brian Mitchell. “You need to be the role model for others,” he told the students. “Tell your sisters and brothers and your friends to eat breakfast.” Mitchell did several exercises with students to show that good nutrition goes along with physical fitness and both are important to succeed. “Work hard and do what your teachers tell you to do,” he said.

Schools across Virginia can enroll in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge to compete for prizes and recognition based on breakfast participation growth. The Challenge began on October 1 and continues through December 31.

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