YVONNE Fovargue, MP for Makerfield, acted as milk monitor for the day at Saint Paul’s C of E Primary School in Wigan to celebrate free milk in schools.
The visit follows on from World School Milk Day, which is recognised and honoured each year by 30 different countries all over the world on the last Wednesday in September.
Organised by the country’s leading school milk supplier Cool Milk, which also funds World School Milk Day in the UK, Yvonne’s visit was aimed at encouraging children to drink milk and teaching them about the nutritional benefits it provides.
“World School Milk Day raises awareness of the importance of the school milk scheme,” explained Yvonne.
“As a child I enjoyed the benefits of school milk and I believe it is important that the children of today also enjoy the same privilege. It was great to see pupils at St Paul’s enjoying their milk and also the knowledge that they are receiving the nutritional benefits that milk provides.
“My love of milk has stayed with me into adulthood and I still enjoy a glass of milk today or a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s night!”
In the UK, an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five receive free milk every day, while pupils aged five to eleven receive subsidised milk.
Delivered fresh to the classroom, the milk is enjoyed as a group, promoting social development and independence. Milk is vital for building healthy bones and teeth and improves a child’s concentration, memory and creativity.
Alison Jackson, Headteacher, added: “Milk is the perfect mid morning snack for our pupils. It is nourishing and helps to invigorate them for the rest of their busy day, rehydrating their brains and refuelling their bodies.”