24 May 2002


Extra work for teaching

staff and parents

memories of warm milk are

two stumbling blocks that

are easily overcome when

Cool Milk administer the

provision of school milk

THIRTY of the 90 youngsters attending Hazelbury Bryan Primary School in Dorset enjoy a refreshing and healthy drink of milk each morning. The milk is delivered twice a week in third-pint cartons and stored in a refrigerator supplied by Cool Milk, a limited company which administers the schools milk scheme.

"We introduced school milk about a year ago after pressure from parents, one of whom bought in a flyer from Cool Milk," explains head teacher Jeanette Lewis.

"The milk is ordered and paid for at the start of each term, in advance. We dont have to get involved in taking the money at all, which is good and we get a list each Friday of the children who will be taking milk the following week."

Two year-six children hand out the milk daily. "The only hiccup is when mothers forget to send the form off for the term and children who had milk before are suddenly not getting it."

Milk isnt valued or promoted enough, says Jon Thornes managing director of Cool Milk at School, which operates throughout the UK administering schemes for County Councils. "Some Local Education Authorities do very little to promote milk to schools but the uptake is better the further north you go – Liverpool is marvellous and Scotland does a better job than the rest of the UK. In the south, with more Conservative-run authorities, it is not so good."

Sometimes it is the dairy companies that are reluctant to get involved because of the small amounts of milk required by some schools. Cool Milk services include the provision of a fridge so milk does not have to be delivered daily and full contact with local dairies including payment of invoices.

Miss Lewis is delighted with the way the scheme is running at her school. "I think it is great," she says. "We are always trying to encourage children to eat healthily and milk is so much better for them than all this dreadful coloured stuff they have."

For more information on Cool Milk tel 0800-3897 157 or see

Miss Lewis is delighted with the milk scheme at Hazelbury Bryan Primary School and so are these pupils.

There was a boy whose name was


He always drank his milk for tea.

No milk would ever go to waste,

Because Lee drank it with such


Then one day he was feeling grim,

His mother gave his milk to him.

He took a gulp, then spat it out.

"Ill not drink this!" he gave a shout.

"Oh Lee my dear," said Mrs Jones.

"You must drink this, its for your


But little Lees mind was made up,

"I will not drink whats in that cup."

The next day Mothers feeling sad

How could her son be just that bad?

She put her milk beside his dinner.

Poor Lees bones are getting


But still he would not drink and so,

The bones are gone in Lees big


Next the foot and then the knee.

Whatevers happened to poor Lee?

The second day its getting bad.

What happened to the legs Lee


By lunchtime he has lost his hips,

And still his milk he never sips.

At dinner mother tries again.

But her attempts are all in vain.

For now the boy has lost his neck!

His body looks to be a wreck.

The third day Lee has lost his head.

The little boy alas is dead.

So warning children, drink and


Eat what your mother gives to you.

So please remember little Lee,

Who did not drink his milk for tea.

By Anna Gray (age 12) Inverness

ITS a naturally nutritious drink, a great source of calcium and its kind to teeth.

Yes, milk is an "exceptional" drink, which can make a big contribution to children and teenagers diets, says Carole Sandhu, nutritionist with The Dairy Council.

"Milk has no rival," she says, stressing its vitamin and mineral value.

Its a "great" source of calcium – which is needed during the childhood and teen years to build strong bones and help protect against osteoporosis in later life.

"Although vegetables also contain calcium, to get the same amount as from one glass of milk, a young person would need to munch their way through more than 12 portions of spinach or more than four servings of broccoli.

"There is far less fat in milk than people think," adds Mrs Sandhu. "Whole milk only contains 4% fat and semi-skimmed milk contains 1.7% fat. A glass of milk contains less fat than a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar."

A 189ml (1/3pt) carton of semi-skimmed milk can provide the following daily vitamin and mineral requirements for a six-year-old:

&#8226 52% of the calcium

&#8226 32% of the protein

&#8226 9% of the vitamin A

&#8226 11% of the vitamin B1

&#8226 44% of the vitamin B2

&#8226 16% of the niacin

&#8226 13% of the vitamin B6

&#8226 98% of the vitamin B12

&#8226 12% of the folate

&#8226 7% of the vitamin C

&#8226 29% of the iodine

&#8226 18% of the magnesium

&#8226 53% of the phosphorus

&#8226 27% of the potassium

&#8226 12% of the zinc

&#8226 5-6% of the daily energy requirements

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