Eating breakfast can help your child concentrate, give them strength and even help them maintain a healthy weight.

Your mother was right: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts and soda) can help give you:
* A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
* Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
* More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
* Lower cholesterol levels

Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially true for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.

Maquoketa Valley provides daily breakfast, for your child, at a nominal fee or through the free and reduced program, to assist you in providing this essential meal of the day. Options for all students include menu items such as: cereal, yogurt, bagels, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a cheese stick or a hot entre. Also, fruit juice or a piece of fruit, white milk (for students PS-8) or white/chocolate milk (for students 9-12). More menu options, for our HS students, are being looked at for our 2018/19 school year.