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School 44 celebrates 'World School Milk Day'

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) - Wednesday is "World School Milk Day" and the Rochester City School District recognized the occasion by hosting a celebratory school breakfast at Lincoln Park School 44.

The event was also a way for the district to introduce a new school breakfast program. It's called "First Class Breakfast" and it provides students with hot and healthy breakfast foods right in the classroom.

Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas, who's been an advocate for breakfast in schools, and a local dairy farmer were also there to celebrate.

Thomas says, "It's important to get to the kids now, being at a young age, so they'll continue this growth throughout the rest of their life and when they have kids they'll know what all that stuff means to their body."

"I'm a dairy farmer, of course, but I feel like milk is the most nutritious food out there, you know," says Keith Kimball. "Per ounce, it's got more vitamins, nutrients, protein, calcium than any food."

The new program is the result of a partnership between the RCSD and the American Dairy Association. Research shows eating breakfast at school improves student academic performance, health and behavior.

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