Each day, a half-pint of milk is served with lunches, ranging from the favorite pepperoni pizza to healthy salads. To encourage pupils to couple milk with their lunch each day, they have received milk bands to wear.
The bracelets, which feel like a thicker rubber band and are the size of a hospital bracelet, say "Got Milk." Pupils may choose from three colors - pink for strawberry milk, brown for chocolate milk and white for vanilla milk.
"Vanilla milk's my favorite," Nolan Keninger, 6, said. "It tastes like vanilla wafers."
Pupils received the bracelets last month and were surprised by the gift from the school district.
"They were very excited because it was something for them to wear and they could choose their color," said Rhett Sherman, a first-grade teacher at Hammond Hill in North Augusta.
Nutrition facts about milk were taught after the bracelets were passed out, Mrs. Sherman said.
Hammond Hill cafeteria manager Mary Ann Carpenter said pupils would wave their hands when coming through the line to show off their bracelets.
"It was just a great idea to get the kids involved in a decision they make every day," Mrs. Carpenter said. "Even kids that bring their lunches still choose their beverages here."
Although pupils said they like milk, they still struggle to choose it when pizza is on the menu.
"It just doesn't feel right," Chatz Knight, 6, said. "Pizza and milk just don't fit."
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