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Wirral MP celebrates free milk in schools
2:33pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
WIRRAL South MP Alison McGovern acted as milk monitor at a school in her constituency this week.
She was by staff from Heygarth Primary School in Eastham to join celebrations marking World School Milk Day on Wednesday.
The pupils were among thousands from schools and nurseries across the country who took part in the event.
Alison McGovern MP said: "I believe that drinking milk should be part of a healthy diet for children.
"It is important that children drink this natural substance for their developing bones and teeth and I am pleased to take part and help make sure that they are aware of its many health benefits for years to come.
"It is important they can drink it in school to keep them hydrated during the day which will help them to learn."
The annual event, held on the last Wednesday in September, has been celebrated by children drinking milk in schools and early years settings in more than 30 countries since 2000.
In the UK, an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five receive free milk every day, while pupils aged five to eleven receive subsidised milk.
Delivered fresh to the classroom, the milk is enjoyed as a group, promoting social development and independence.
"All small children in schools across the country should have the option of school milk every day.
"It is a wholesome drink, full of goodness, and should be accessible to all."
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