Sherwood MP Mark Spencer became an honoury milk monitor at a Rainworth School to mark World School Milk Day.
The initiative has been driven by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations tocelebrate children drinking milk in school and early years settings in over 30 countries around the world since 2000.
The MP was invited to highlight the nutritional benefits milk provides to school children during his visit to Python Hill Primary.
“I am very pleased to support the day,” said Mark. “As a farmer and a father I recognise the importance of good nutrition and a healthy diet, especially for children.
“It was great fun to visit the school. The children and teachers at Python Hill were very welcoming.”
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.
“I hope the free school milk initiative will continue and I believe it will be a mistake if any government decides to stop it.”
World School Milk Day is funded in the UK by Cool Milk, the country’s leading school milk supplier.
Managing director of Cool Milk, John Sedgwick, said: “School milk provides a great boost for children because it is such a wholesome and nutritional product.”