Egg Tuesday – Jamie Oliver, great recipes, great teachers and a $5,000 grant!
I hope this finds you coming off of a tasty weekend of great food experiences and quality times with the ones you love!
As the spokesperson for the Incredible Edible Egg and America’s Egg Farmers I blog about eggs every Tuesday. I’m sure you have heard about celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s mission to change the way children eat in America’s schools. It is a really powerful message about not only feeding our children well in school but also teaching them from a young age the importance and power of eating well. In my travels this week I found hard-cooked eggs being promoted as the power-protein breakfast food everywhere I went. From local cafes in San Francisco to Starbucks. At the same time I was presented with the release below. We all know a great teacher so please spread the word on this incredible opportunity to give your favorite teacher an incredible resource for fueling our children’s minds and bodies.
Eat well, Enjoy life, Be happy
America’s Egg Farmers Launch New School Program to Help Students Start the Day Right with a Healthy Breakfast
Good Egg Project Teacher Challenge will award $60,000 in grants to teachers to establish a healthy eating program in their schools
Park Ridge, IL (April 20, 2010) – While it may seem elementary, eating a nutritious protein-rich breakfast helps students stay more attentive throughout the day, maximizing learning and achievement. A number of scientific studies have concluded that the benefits of breakfast include improved memory recall time, improved grades and higher test scores. 
However, many families struggle to feed their children breakfast on the weekdays. According to Share Our Strength’s recent “Hunger in America’s Classrooms” report, 62 percent of teachers see children come to school hungry each week. As a result, teachers report a range of physical and behavioral symptoms in their students, including lack of concentration, lethargy and stomachaches.
America’s egg farmers are teaming up with Scholastic to unveil the “Good Egg Project Back to Breakfast Teacher Challenge” and a national education program – “Incredible Breakfast, Incredible Achievement” – to ensure children eat a balanced breakfast each morning. The Challenge will award grants to teachers nationwide to help improve students’ nutritious eating, thereby, improving performance in school.
The “Incredible Breakfast, Incredible Achievement” program includes a set of standards-based lessons, family activities and recipes that encourage students and families to learn more about the importance of eating a well-balanced breakfast. This fall, more than 100,000 programs will be distributed to classrooms nationwide and in addition, teachers will be able to access the free materials online at www.scholastic.com/allabouteggsSaad Blogs with tags.doc.
“We are committed to helping America eat nutritious breakfasts, especially children,” says Craig Willardson, Chairman of the American Egg Board, which represents America’s egg farmers. “We’re pleased to join forces with Scholastic to launch the ‘Good Egg Project Back to Breakfast Teacher Challenge, which aims to get children to eat the high-quality protein breakfast they need to focus and perform their very best. Children will reap the benefits of a high-quality protein breakfast, like improved grades and higher test scores.”
How to Enter
The “Good Egg Project Back to Breakfast Teacher Challenge” is open to teachers in grades 1-8 in the United States. To enter, visit www.scholastic.com/allabouteggs to submit a 300-500 word essay explaining how a $5,000 grant would help improve achievement, attentiveness and attendance in the classroom starting with the most important meal of the day – breakfast.
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 Lake Research Partners for Share Our Strength’s Teachers Report. Survey conducted online with random sample of 740 K-8 teachers nationwide. Research was conducted Oct 21 to Oct 28, 2009. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.6%.