DENVER - Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, and the Breakfast Games invited schools across Colorado to strive for gold in an annual school challenge.
This year's competition includes 17 middle schools vying for the title of "Breakfast Games Champion," and the winning schools-the two with the largest increase in breakfast participation-will receive cash prizes, along with schools recognized as "ultimate achievers."
The Colorado School Breakfast Challenge, known as the Breakfast Games, runs through January 2014, with a goal to increase student participation in the School Breakfast Program. The top schools will be crowned champions during National School Breakfast Week in March 2014. The winners will be awarded prize money-$5,000 for "gold" and $3,000 for "silver." Those that reach 90-percent participation will also receive a $1,000 "ultimate achiever" award.
The participating middle schools in the 2013-14 Breakfast Games are:
• Colorado Springs / Pueblo
o Fox Meadow Middle School of Harrison School District 2
o Liberty Point International of Pueblo County School District 70
• Denver / Front Range
o The International School at Thornton Middle School and Northglenn Middle School of Adams 12
o Mrachek and South middle schools of Aurora Public Schools
o The Pinnacle Charter School of the Charter School Institute
o O'Connell and Wheat Ridge middle schools of Jeffco Public Schools
o Brentwood, Heath and John Evans middle schools of Greeley-Evans School District 6
• Western Slope
o Bookcliff, Grand Mesa, Mount Garfield and Orchard Mesa middle schools of Mesa County Valley School District 51
o Cortez Middle School of Motezuma-Cortez School District Re-1
Creative ideas are fueling each school's participation, including student-run promotions and activities such as "breakfast clubs" and displays to showcase the importance of breakfast. School officials and district personnel are rallying around the competition as well by implementing innovative serving models like Breakfast in the Classroom.
To learn more about the Colorado School Breakfast Challenge, the issue of hunger in Colorado and how you can be a part of the solution, visit HungerFreeColorado.org.
This article written in cooperation with Hunger Free Colorado.
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