The world celebrates World School Milk Day

School students around the world will be celebrating World School Milk Day on September 26. Now in its 13th year, World School Milk Day provides an opportunity for schools around the world to celebrate the health benefits of milk for school-aged children. An initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World School Milk Day aims to highlight the importance of milk in every child's diet.

On the FAO World School Milk web page we learn that World School Milk Day is an "open" day, and people are free to celebrate how they wish. Celebrations can be at any level - from national or regional events to individual schools. Some countries have started in a small way and have organized bigger celebrations with each passing year. Big or small, all have a common goal: to draw attention to school milk and thereby promote its consumption.

Celebrations of past years showed how creative people are in celebrating WSMD. In almost all countries celebrating the Day, free milk is distributed to children in schools. Other activities include sporting events, distribution of educational and promotional material and celebrity visits to schools; also drawing and art competitions are very popular. Often dairy companies act as sponsors of the Day and provide not only free milk but also promotional material such as t-shirts, caps, pens, posters, etc. for the children.

Here are some examples from some of the countries that are celebrating today.

Australia

A media statement issued by Dairy Australia to promote the day says milk and other dairy foods such as cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of ten essential nutrients, which have a wide range of health benefits for growing bodies.

"The school years are a critical time for building strong bones for life," the statement says.

"By consuming three serves of dairy foods every day in any combination – where a serve is one glass of milk, two slices of cheese or one tub of yogurt – Australian children will receive adequate levels of calcium required for bone growth and development.

"Unfortunately, only one out of five children has their three serves of dairy every day, increasing the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis later in life.

"In some Australian states, World School Milk Day falls during the school holidays however school kids needn’t miss out on the celebrations."

Dairy Australia will be running a series of free kids dairy cooking sessions at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show, Victoria’s largest annual community event. Dairy Australia’s nutrition program manager Amber Drake and The Dairy Kitchen’s Amanda Menegazzo will be hosting 30 minute cooking sessions at 11am daily on September 25-28.

"We’re looking forward to a great turnout at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show and hope to inspire parents and kids to get in the kitchen to make delicious, dairy-inspired recipes that are not only easy but healthy too," Amber said.

"The cooking sessions will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about the nutritional benefits of dairy foods, while the kids get to have fun rolling up their sleeves making their own dairy creations to sample and take home."

The cooking demonstrations will be held at the Main Stage of the Taste of Victoria Epicure Pavilion, the foodies’ destination for specialty produce at the Royal Melbourne Show.

Students and teachers can visit the Dairy Australia schools website Discover Dairy at www.dairy.edu.au/discoverdairy to discover fun facts about milk, download classroom activities, and learn more about where dairy foods come from and the importance of consuming three serves every day for good health.

Parents can also learn more about dairy foods and find recipes the whole family will love at www.dairyaustralia.com.au/kidsneed3.

Canada

Schools raise a glass to milk

On the last Wednesday of September every year, schools across Canada and around the world celebrate World School Milk Day (WSMD), a fun-filled day of activities that focuses on milk and its multiple health benefits.
http://www.dairygoodness.ca/milk-in-school/ontario-parents/world-school-milk-day

Croatia

This year in Croatia, on initiative of Croatian Dairy Union, we will celebrate The World School Milk Day in cooperation with Croatian schools and kindergardens. School kids will create original posters that show their appreciation for milk. Also, children will present their own songs about milk, dairy cows etc. Croatian dairies Belje, Dukat and Vindija will promote WSMD by giving away milk and dairy products like fermented milk, chocholate milk and chesses.

Also, Croatian Dairy Union will promote milk and dairy products with popular magazine ˝Mlijeko i Ja˝.

Finland

This year Finland is celebrating World School Milk Day with a campaign “Milk keeps you together” for children aged 8 – 13 years old. We have sent letters about the campaign and the material for the WSMD to all primary schools in Finland. We also encouraged schools to have some nice milk-based dessert after lunch. Schools have ordered posters, leaflets and stickers to milk containers to remind pupils to drink milk. All the material is free. The campaign also has a Web-site http://www.maitopitaakasassa.fi . There is information about milk and the campaign and entertaining competitions for the pupils. The campaign is partly EU funded.

Myanmar

The World School Milk Day will be observed in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay on 26 September simultaneously. Although the global countries observe the commemorative day annually, Myanmar will mark the day this year, said an official of Myanmar Livestock Breeding Federation.

The primary level essay and poster contests will be held in commemoration of the World School Milk Day. At present, 11 Basic Education Primary Schools included in the school milk project of Yangon Region are organizing the essay contest. The winners will be awarded in the commemorative ceremony.

http://www.myanmar.com/newspaper/nlm/index.html

Norway

The Norwegian Dairy Council arranges a seminar for teachers, with different topics including how important the school meal and the school milk are. In addition they send out a press release.

For those of you that are able to read Norwegian, see http://www.melk.no/skole/gratis-seminar-for-pedagoger/

Taiwan

John Tung Foundation cooperate with Council of Agriculture to celebrate World School Milk Day this year. We will go to nine different elementary schools teaching students on the goodness of milk and also tried to clear out any misconception regarding milk like lactose intolerance… etc.

Students will have two class sessions on how great milk is and how to include milk in their daily diet. In addition, we will make a plastic pad, which will be passed out to nearly 4000 students, that will remind them on the importance of milk and two serving of milk a day to keep them healthy and strong.

UK

Get your children ready for World School Milk Day by taking part in our picture competition!

To get children thinking about the importance of milk prior to World School Milk Day, we’re encouraging them to create a picture based on the theme of ‘Why milk is great!’.

As part of the World School Milk Day celebrations, MP’s, who will be visiting schools up and down the UK, have been asked to judge and award the certificates that were included within your World School Milk Day pack, to the children who have created the best pictures. If you would like to download additional certificates please click here.

We are also running a national competition where schools are in with a chance of winning a £100 Early Learning Centre gift voucher and children can win fantastic Art Sets.

http://www.worldschoolmilkday.co.uk/

USA

At John Will's Elementary school we will have lots of great activites to celebrate this day! Come join us to learn about the value of milk.

Link to John Will's web site

SUDIA  (Southeast United Industry Association) helps schools celebrate World School Milk Day. With promotions and activities developed to engage students, the SUDIA World School Milk Day package provides all the resources you will need!

This WSMD logo is from SUDIA

 

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Source of information

Most of this information comes from the FAO Dairy Outlook List.

The Dairy Outlook List is a network to facilitate the exchange of information on developments in the world's dairy industry between list members.

You can also read more about school milk on the FAO School milk web page