Sir Roger Gale
Member of Parliament for North Thanet (Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages)
North Thanet MP helps children celebrate
Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet, helped children at Minster Church of England Primary School celebrate World School Milk Day by handing out milk to the children.
Minster Church of England Primary School was one of thousands of schools across more than 30 countries which took 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 children aged five to 11. Milk is delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom, distributed by children 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.
Minster Church of England Primary School promotes milk as it adds to their Healthy School Status which helps improve child health, raise pupil achievement, improve social inclusion and encourage closer working between health and education providers.
Wendy Stone, Headteacher, said: "In our Reception year milk time is a very important part of our day. As well as contributing to our healthy school ethos we use this time to develop our social skills as well as a time to refuel."
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 was celebrated globally on 26th September. For more information go to www.worldschoolmilkday.com