Pulaski Elementary School students learned the importance of drinking their milk this past week with a special celebration of the 14th annual World School Milk Day (WSMD), which is held the last Wednesday of September.
The local children were among students from more than 40 countries that celebrated the special day, which is designed to focus attention on school milk nutrition. According to Southeast United Dairy Industry Association Inc. (SUIDIA), consuming three servings of milk a day gives students healthy levels of protein and eight other vitamins and minerals.
To make the celebration more exciting for the children, Sandra Hodge, PES cafeteria manager, and the school’s nutrition services staff decorated the cafeteria with large and small inflatable milk bottles, banners, and farm-themed décor. A costumed cow character, which encouraged the students to drink their milk for good health, was a particular draw for the children.
Local dairy farmer Laura Flory also took part in the event. She joined students in special WSMD activities and provided them with a glimpse of life on a dairy farm.
“Milk is an essential component of the meal pattern for school lunches,” said School Nutrition Director Ethelene W. Sadler. “The school nutrition program sincerely appreciates Ms. Linda Edwards, principal at PES, and the faculty for their support in celebrating World Milk Day.”
Jill Henderson, assistant director of school health and wellness, added, “We are happy to celebrate school milk with the students at Pulaski Elementary School. Dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt are filled with vitamins and minerals that growing children need to be healthy.”