Lo­cal stu­dents cel­e­brate World Milk Day.

Stu­dents win chal­lenge with milk con­sump­tion at 92 per­cent of cafe­te­ria meals in 2016-17 school year.

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Last week marked a spe­cial day on the cal­en­dar many might not have con­sid­ered be­fore as lo­cal school chil­dren took time out to cel­e­brate some­thing we drink ev­ery day: milk.

Polk School Dis­trict joined in the cel­e­bra­tion with 40 coun­tries around the globe for World School Milk Days dur­ing the month of Septem­ber.

For lo­cal school kids, this meant the chance to meet the trav­el­ing gi­ant May­field dairy cow Maggie in a chal­lenge most kids might not even known they were tak­ing part in this past school year.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from Dr. Linda Hol­land, the school sys­tem’s direc­tor of School Nu­tri­tion, each school took part in the Maggie Milk Cow Chal­lenge to see what the high­est per­cent­age of milk con­sump­tion was for the pre­vi­ous school year on an av­er­age ba­sis.

Youngs Grove Ele­men­tary won the con­test with 92 per­cent of the meals served in the cafe­te­ria for the 2016-17 school year. They were rec­og­nized by hav­ing the cow visit the school last week on Sept. 27.

The Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion cre­ated World School Milk Day to fo­cus at­ten­tion on school milk with cel­e­bra­tions in coun­tries around the globe high­light­ing the health ben­e­fits of milk.

Milk in all fla­vors is a Pow­er­house Bev­er­age and a great source of nat­u­ral fuel for the body — milk pro­vides the power of pro­tein to build mus­cles, cal­cium and vi­ta­min D for strong bones and teeth, potas­sium to keep the heart healthy, along with five other im­por­tant vi­ta­mins and min­er­als needed ev­ery day, the re­lease stated.

Con­trib­uted by Linda Hol­land

Stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff at Youngs Grove Ele­men­tary School brought in Maggie the Milk Cow to cel­e­brate World School Milk Day on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

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