MP Tom Clarke proves he has the ‘white’ stuff

Tom Clarke MP acts as monitor at Viewpark Montessori Nursery to promote World School Milk Day.
Tom Clarke MP acts as monitor at Viewpark Montessori Nursery to promote World School Milk Day.

Bellshill MP Tom Clarke acted as milk monitor for the day at Viewpark Montessori Nursery in celebration of World School Milk Day.

To mark the event the Bellshill nursery encouraged children to drink milk and understand its nutritional benefits, alongside hundreds of schools and nurseries across the UK.

Principal teacher Kirsten Grady said: “It is a priority within Viewpark Montessori Nursery School to provide a healthy diet for our children.

“Milk is essential for the growth and development of children and has so many health benefits to a growing child which is why we provide milk at snack times.

“Milk enhances children’s ability to concentrate and provides fuel for our children to get the best out of every day.

“The children learn through our curriculum the benefits of drinking milk and what essential vitamins it provides to maintain a healthy body.”

World School Milk Day can be celebrated at any time during September and October, driven by the United Nations and funded in the UK by the country’s leading supplier to schools, Cool Milk.

In the UK, an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five receive free milk every day, while pupils aged five to 11 receive subsidised milk.

Mr Clarke said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, the children were first class and even at their young age understood the importance of drinking milk.

“I was a wee boy when the Government first introduced free school milk, and then watched as Maggie Thatcher ‘snatched’ it away again.

“Therefore I am pleased milk is back on the agenda as there is no doubt it provides tremendous health benefits.”