MP drops in for a drink

A WIGAN MP celebrated World School Milk Day by handing out milk to pupils.

Lisa Nandy visited Douglas Valley Childrens Centre and joined one of thousands of schools and nurseries across more than 30 countries taking part in celebrations dedicated to World School Milk Day.

The event is aimed at encouraging children to drink milk and educate them about the health benefits of it.

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, and it is then distributed by students and consumed as a group.

This process is said to aid children’s social development, including responsibility, independence and manners.

Children also said to benefit from the nutrients and vitamins in milk, which aids their health and physical development. It is also helping to ensure their hydration and improved concentration.

John Sedgwick, Managing Director of Cool Milk, stated that supplying milk to schools, nurseries is vital in helping children to develop important nutrition and social habits. John said: “Milk in schools continues to be incredibly popular and hugely successful in contributing to the healthy development of all children–but especially those from underprivileged backgrounds.”

For information go to www.worldschoolmilkday.com.