First responders talk healthy eating with students

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Schools across the country are encouraging kids to start the day with a healthy meal as part of National Breakfast Week.

Chicod School in Pitt County is taking it to the next level, inviting area first responders and community leaders to join kids Wednesday morning.

Representatives from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Police Department, Highway Patrol, and Eastern Pines Fire Rescue came to talk to students about the importance of eating breakfast.

“It’s kind of nice to be able to get down there and just the way they look at you and to give them a positive example of what their life could be if they work hard, they do what they need to do and realize their goals, they can accomplish whatever they put their mind to,” said Eastern Pines firefighter Jake Valevich.

Child Nutrition Manager Marie Floyd says first responders have a wonderful influence on the kids.

“The kids will tell them ‘I’m going to grow up to be like you one day.’ Well you’ve got to keep eating, you’ve got to start your day off right so you can become your hero,” Floyd said.

The school also invited parents to show them how to make a healthy meal on a low budget.

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