Girdler students “go for the gold” with school breakfast

What has been proven to boost test scores and improve classroom behavior, while reducing tardiness and trips to the nurse’s office? School breakfast! Yet in the race to get to the head of the class, many students forget the importance of jump starting their school days with a morning meal.

Students across Knox County are “going for the gold” by eating school breakfast during National School Breakfast Week, March 5-9, 2012.

At Girdler Elementary, food service employees were under command of First Lieutenant Brandon Davisson as they marched into the gymnasium on Tuesday morning to recruit breakfast champions.


Every school day, Knox County’s breakfast program offers students the healthy foods they need to get set for a busy day at school, for free. By participating in the Free Breakfast and Lunch program, all Knox County students are served free meals that meet federal nutrition standards.

“Knowing that your child can eat a free healthy breakfast after they get to school can be a huge relief for parents,” said Angela Ledford, director of school food service.

Girdler food service employees are Debbie Vaughn, Glenda Bright, Brenda Ward, Melanie Hobbs, and Lila Smith.

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