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Pikus-Pace brings message to schools about importance of breakfast

By Deanie Wimmer | Posted - Mar 11th, 2014 @ 8:35pm

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LAYTON — She recently won the Olympic women's skeleton silver medal in Sochi, and now she is sharing her story and accomplishments with Northridge High School students.

Noelle Pikus-Pace, a Utah mother and elite athlete had a message of hope and help for the local students.

“I have been busy trying to share this with everyone, all those who have helped to bring this home," Pikus-Pace said. "It’s been a whole team effort, and not just me up there. So (I'm) just enjoying the moment.”

She shared a bowl of cereal with 100 lucky students, kicking off National Breakfast Week. As part of a partnership with Kellogg's, Pikus-Pace encouraged Northridge students to take pictures and hashtag “Great Starts” to help spread awareness and provide a free breakfast for a child in need.

“Having breakfast for kids is absolutely important,” Pikus-Pace said. “Not just for kids, but for each of us. It helps give me a great start to my day with a bowl of cereal and with some milk. It helps give me the nutrients that I need so it’s absolutely important.”

One in five students live in a home where breakfast is not available. Kellogg's hopes to provide two million breakfasts to children across the country during National Breakfast Week.

Students also got to learn the ropes of skeleton on automobile creepers.

“I just hope the kids in high school and kids of all ages just realize their potential is limitless,” Pikus-Pace said. “They can do anything, and through hard work and dedication, they can make their dreams come true.”


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