4:49pm Monday 7th October 2013
By Emma Rigby
NORTHWICH’S MP swapped his parliamentary duties for those of honorary milk monitor on Thursday.
Graham Evans MP spent the morning with Witton Church Walk CE Primary School’s reception class, where he shared a carton of milk with pupils and encouraged them to drink milk and understand the nutritional benefits it provides.
The Church Walk school was one of hundreds from across the country that took part in World School Milk Day, which has been celebrated in school and early year settings in more than 30 countries since its inception in 2000.
Mr Evans, who has taken up the title of honorary milk monitor for many schools in his constituency over the years, said: “It is very important for young people to get a good start to the day with a nutritional drink of milk to help them get through the day ahead.”
An estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five receive free milk every day, while pupils aged five to 11 receive subsidised milk.
John Sedgwick, managing director of Cool Milk, who fund World School Milk Day in the UK, said that establishing good eating and social habits through milk schemes at an early age is a vital part of a child’s education.
He added: “All children in nurseries and schools up and down the country should have access to school milk every day.”
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