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Pine Valley celebrates School Breakfast Day

Submitted photos Top left are Cook Manager Terry Brown, and cafeteria staff members Patsy Moskal, Deanna Herman, Cathy Chase, Doris Treusch, Donna Hitchcock and Leslie Milliman. At top right are cafeteria staff members Donna Hitchcock and Leslie Milliman are pictured with Jr./Sr. High Principal Josh Tedone. Bottom left, Pine Valley elementary students are pictured eating school breakfast. Bottom right are UPK students with teacher Jeremy Daly-Griffen on School Breakfast Day.

SOUTH DAYTON — Students at Pine Valley Central School celebrated New York State’s School Breakfast Day with locally-sourced foods.

Every student received a free nutritious breakfast and had the chance to bond with teachers and classmates over the shared morning meal. The breakfast featured many local ingredients, including New York State fruit and dairy products that were used to make over 600 fruit smoothies for students to enjoy.

“Kids are happy to have breakfast as part of their morning,” said Cook Manager, Terry Brown. “When kids get a healthy breakfast at school, it helps ensure they are getting the most out of their education.”

Bus drivers, teachers, custodians and administrative staff all gathered to make this day special for students. Pine Valley faculty and staff sat with students while they were eating breakfast and listened as students shared their passions, interests and stories.

“It’s important for us to connect with students outside of the classroom so that we can learn how to make things more engaging for them in the classroom,” said Physical Education Teacher, Laura Osinski. “When we create an environment like we did on School Breakfast Day, we create opportunities, trust and respect.”

Submitted photos Top left are Cook Manager Terry Brown, and cafeteria staff members Patsy Moskal, Deanna Herman, Cathy Chase, Doris Treusch, Donna Hitchcock and Leslie Milliman. At top right are cafeteria staff members Donna Hitchcock and Leslie Milliman are pictured with Jr./Sr. High Principal Josh Tedone. Bottom left, Pine Valley elementary students are pictured eating school breakfast. Bottom right are UPK students with teacher Jeremy Daly-Griffen on School Breakfast Day.

School Breakfast Day took place on Wednesday, September 25, as a way to showcase that a healthy school breakfast builds strong, engaged students. It was created as a part of the “No Student Goes Hungry” iniatitive that provides students of all ages, backgrounds and financial situations access to healthy, locally-sourced meals.

Today, one in five children in New York struggle with hunger. School breakfast is a great way to ensure kids get the nutrition they need for a healthy start to their day.

“Every meal matters when you’re a hungry child,” says Rachel Sabella, Director of No Kid Hungry New York.

For more information on school breakfast, please contact Pine Valley Cook Manager, Terry Brown at tbrown@pval.org or (716) 988-3291 ext. 3321.

Submitted photos Top left are Cook Manager Terry Brown, and cafeteria staff members Patsy Moskal, Deanna Herman, Cathy Chase, Doris Treusch, Donna Hitchcock and Leslie Milliman. At top right are cafeteria staff members Donna Hitchcock and Leslie Milliman are pictured with Jr./Sr. High Principal Josh Tedone. Bottom left, Pine Valley elementary students are pictured eating school breakfast. Bottom right are UPK students with teacher Jeremy Daly-Griffen on School Breakfast Day.

Submitted photos Top left are Cook Manager Terry Brown, and cafeteria staff members Patsy Moskal, Deanna Herman, Cathy Chase, Doris Treusch, Donna Hitchcock and Leslie Milliman. At top right are cafeteria staff members Donna Hitchcock and Leslie Milliman are pictured with Jr./Sr. High Principal Josh Tedone. Bottom left, Pine Valley elementary students are pictured eating school breakfast. Bottom right are UPK students with teacher Jeremy Daly-Griffen on School Breakfast Day.

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