Waukee’s South Middle School will celebrate the most important meal of the day in recognition of National School Breakfast Week (March 3-7) and National Nutrition Month. SMS will host a special pancake breakfast event on Thursday morning, March 6, to show students, parents, and community members that breakfast aids in the achievement of full potential.

The Waukee Nutrition Department recently implemented at Grab-and-Go breakfast program at SMS to encourage healthy eating habits as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program recognized around the nation. Some grabby snacks that are offered include hot breakfast sandwiches, breakfast bars, yogurt parfaits, string cheese, milk, and more.

And pancake breakfast participants will enjoy a special visit from Director of Iowa Department of Education, Brad Buck and Ann Feilmann from the department’s nutrition team. The two will be onsite to enjoy a fresh stack and share their perspectives on the program.

Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, millions of kids aren’t treating it that way. Research shows that healthy students are better students, so the Midwest Dairy Council is showing its support for breakfast by launching "It Starts With School Breakfast" campaigns in schools across the Midwest including Waukee.

The Midwest Dairy Council has teamed up with Fuel Up to Play 60, that nation’s largest in-school wellness program, with support of Share Our Strength’s "No Hungry Kid" campaign and Dean Foods in this effort to increase access to breakfast for all students.