Competition Draws Attention to Benefits of School Milk
27th November 2012
Children at North Crawley Church of England School have had a brush with success after winning an art competition as part of World School Milk Day celebrations organised by Cool Milk.
The leading school milk supplier invited MPs from across the UK to visit their local school or nursery to act as milk monitor for the day and invited pupils to take part in a drawing competition entitled Why School Milk is Great.
Three winners have been chosen from all of the UK-wide entrants, one of whom is six-year-old Hamish MacLennan from North Crawley.
Hamish has been presented with an art set while the school has received a £100 Early Learning Centre voucher.
Bursar at North Crawley C of E School Rachel Timms said: “We were thrilled to hear the news that Hamish had been chosen as a winner of the World School Milk Day picture competition.
“While being delighted with his art studio prize he will also enjoy selecting toys and games with his friends with the £100 ELC gift voucher presented to the whole school. A very big thank you to all involved for organising the competition.”
In the UK every child under the age of five is entitled to a free 189ml serving of milk while attending any approved day care provider. Children over the age of five in primary education are entitled to milk which is subsided by the European Union.
World School Milk Day is organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and is celebrated in over 30 countries around the world.
The day, funded in the UK by Cool Milk, this year took place on 26th September and is aimed at highlighting the importance of drinking milk at school in a fun and educational way.
Cool Milk’s Managing Director John Sedgwick said: “This year 153 MPs from Inverness to St Ives took part in our World School Milk Day celebrations which shows just how vitally important the school milk scheme is.
“Drinking milk at school offers a host of benefits to children. Not only does it provide energy and key nutrients to help them do their best, it also promotes social interaction. A new study by researchers at Bristol University has also found that children who regularly drink milk are physically fitter in old age.”
To see photos of the visits and read comments from the MPs who took part in World School Milk Day 2012 please visit www.worldschoolmilkday.co.uk
Pictured are (back row, left to right) teachers Mrs Guilmard, Mrs Dart, Mrs Rose, Mrs Parsons, Mrs Smith, Mrs Hoten and Head Teacher Mrs Crompton with (front row, left to right) Hamish (six), Anya (five), MP Mark Lancaster and Mia (six).
Notes to editors:
- World School Milk Day is organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and is celebrated in over 30 countries around the world.
- Launched in 2000, the day is used to promote the importance of drinking milk at school to children in a fun and educational way.
- The goal of World School Milk Day is to celebrate school milk on one day of the year at the same time all across the world.
- Every child under the age of five is entitled to a free 189ml serving of milk while at school.
- Milk is a great source of nearly every vitamin and mineral of nutritional importance to humans, especially for children of a young age.
- For the top ten reasons to drink school milk go to www.coolmilk.com/whyschoolmilk
- Cool Milk is one of the UK’s leading school milk suppliers and works in partnership with local authorities nationwide and serves thousands of children with fresh milk daily.
- Its aim is to provide every child in early years and primary education with the opportunity to drink fresh milk every day.
- The Cool Milk scheme is administration friendly and cost-free, and is designed to make providing school milk quick and simple for schools and nurseries.
- For more information visit www.coolmilk.com