CHILDREN have been celebrating World School Milk Day.
Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson went along to St Bede’s Primary School join in.
St Bede’s was one of thousands of schools – across more than 30 countries – which took part in the event to encourage children to drink milk and learn about its benefits.
In the UK, school milk is free for children in day care or primary education under the age of five and subsidised for school children aged five to 11.
It is delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom, distributed by children and consumed as a group.
This process aids children’s social development, helping them develop skills including responsibility, independence and manners.
Children also benefit from the nutrients and vitamins in milk, which aids their health and physical development – while also helping to ensure their hydration and improved concentration.
St Bede’s promotes milk as it adds to its Healthy School Status, which aims to improve child health, raise pupil achievement, improve social inclusion and encourage closer working between health and education providers.
Emma McNaught, nursery teacher and “Cool Milk” leader at St Bede’s, said: “Through the Cool Milk scheme we have been able to teach the children about the benefits of milk and where it comes from.
“Having milk as a mid-morning snack ensures that the children are full of energy and are able to concentrate in order to achieve their full potential.”
John Sedgwick, managing director of Cool Milk, said that supplying milk to schools, nurseries was vital in helping children to develop important nutritional and social habits.
He added: “Milk in schools continues to be incredibly popular and hugely successful in contributing to the healthy development of all children – but especially where children are struggling to get their daily nutrients.”