NORTH DOWN MP TO HELP CHILDREN CELEBRATE
3 October 2012
Lady Sylvia Hermon, MP for North Down, will help Donaghadee Primary School celebrate World School Milk Day by handing out milk to the children.
Donaghadee Primary School is one of thousands of schools and nurseries across more than 30 countries taking part in celebrations dedicated to World School Milk Day on 26th September. The day encourages children to drink milk and aims to educate them about the benefits of milk.
In the UK, school milk is free for children in day-care or primary education under the age of five, and subsidised for school students aged five to 11. Milk is delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom, distributed by students and consumed as a group.
This process aids children’s social development, 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.
John Sedgwick, Managing Director for Cool Milk, confirmed that supplying milk to schools, nurseries is vital in helping children to develop important nutrition and social habits. He said: “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.”
World School Milk Day is celebrated globally on 26th September. For more information go to www.worldschoolmilkday.com
Lady Sylvia Hermon MP will be attending Donaghadee Primary School, Northfield Road, Donaghadee, County Down BT21 0BD on 12th October at 9.30am to help serve milk. Photo and interview opportunities will be available on the day. For more information call Lindsey Cawrey from Shooting Star PR on M: 07801 519067 T: 01522 528540 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editor
- Cool Milk is the UK’s leading school milk supplier, working in partnership with local authorities and early years groups to supply free and subsidised school milk to children in pre-schools, nurseries, and primary schools across the UK.
- The 1944 Education Act introduced a free milk clause which gave a free glass (1/3 pint) of milk to all school children in the United Kingdom under the age of 18. Today, under the Welfare Food Scheme run by the Department of Health, under-fives are still eligible for free school milk. Milk is also subsidised for school children aged five to 11 by the European Union under the European school milk scheme.
- Health benefits of drinking milk from a young age include the prevention of broken bones and the onset of osteoporosis as well as improvements in dental health.
- World School Milk Day began in 2000 and is an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). More than 30 countries around the world including China, Iran, India and Tanzania will celebrate the day this year.