Kathy Burrill, a Foodservice Director with 25 years of experience working in the Chisago Lakes school district in Lindsrom, MN, realized a potential challenge when parents of her schools began questioning the role of flavored milk on the lunch tray. Understanding and valuing milk’s nutritional benefits, Kathy became an advocate, rallying students and talking directly to parents about the benefits of keeping flavored milk in the Chicago Lakes area schools.
According to Kathy, 75% of the students in her school district consume chocolate milk. Kathy felt it was important to educate parents that if flavored milk was removed, only ¼ of the students would be drinking white milk and getting the benefits of its 9 essential nutrients. And that meant the overwhelming majority of students would be more inclined to choose less nutritious beverages, like soft drinks or juices, and lose the nutritional benefits of flavored milk. Kathy felt very strongly about keeping milk on her menu! Her advocacy paid off. Kathy is pleased to report that at the start of the 2012 school year, chocolate milk maintains its important place – with her students!