Two Livingston Parish Schools Rewarded with NFL Saints Pep Rally for Increasing Breakfast Participation

Two Livingston Parish Schools Rewarded with NFL Saints Pep Rally for Increasing Breakfast Participation
Posted on 03/12/2018
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For Immediate Release – March 7, 2018

Contact:  Delia A. Taylor, APR, Taylor Media Services at 225-931-0286, or, or Child Nutrition Programs Assistant Supervisor Sommer Purvis at 225-686-4240 or  


Two Livingston Parish Schools Rewarded with NFL Saints Pep Rally for Increasing Breakfast Participation 46% More Students Eating Breakfast Parishwide


LIVINGSTON, La. – The Saints will come marching in to two Livingston Parish schools in the coming days to celebrate their increased student participation in the school’s breakfast service.

French Settlement High School and North Corbin Junior High received the state’s highest awards in the “No Kid Hungry” Breakfast Challenge, which is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Education and Gov. John Bel Edwards. 

The announcement took place today (March 7) at North Corbin Junior High. Organizers announced that a total of 306 school statewide participated in the challenge, collectively increasing breakfast meal participation to nearly 150,000 students. 

French Settlement High received the largest increase in breakfast participation among participating schools with grades 9-12, while North Corbin Junior High topped the list among schools in the K-8 category.

The program is aimed at increasing the daily participation in school breakfast service and overall milk consumption.  Research shows that students who eat a healthy school breakfast do better in math, they have higher attendance rates and they are more likely to graduate.

As a reward for their increased participation in breakfast service, both schools will enjoy a pep rally featuring a representative from the New Orleans’ Saints football team.

French Settlement High will hold its pep rally on Friday (March 9) at 10 a.m. in the school’s new gymnasium.  Saints Running Back Trey Edmunds will speak to the students about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.  Edmunds will also host a meet-and-greet for students after the event.

North Corbin Junior High will host its Saints pep rally in late April or early May, and the Saint’s mascot will attend. The exact date has not yet been determined.

The two pep rallies have been donated by Fuel Up To Play 60 and the Dairy Alliance.

“We are so proud of the efforts these schools have made in improving participation in breakfast service.  It’s important that all our children begin their day with a healthy meal to help adequately fuel their physical and mental activity throughout the day,” Assistant Supervisor of Child Nutrition Programs Sommer Purvis said.

Purvis noted that participation in school breakfast is up 46 percent this year across the parish.  The increases are a result of making the meal more appealing, by feeding students in their classrooms with a bagged breakfast and offering them a mid-morning break.  Weekly menus include both hot and cold entrees, including sausage biscuits, French toast sticks, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal bars and breakfast pizza.

She said the school system has been able to offer the food for free through the Community Eligibility Program (CEP).  The school system qualified for the program after the August 2016 flood due to the large number of families impacted by the devastating flooding.  Purvis said the school system also received a $140,000 grant from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. Those funds were used to assist with the implementation of the breakfast program at three schools.

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