Published: Apr 06, 2011 7:29 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 06, 2011 4:29 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla - Participating McDonald’s restaurants in Southwest Florida and around the state are inviting students taking Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) a free breakfast on April 11, the first day of testing.

The breakfast offer will run from 6 to 9 a.m., and includes an Egg McMuffin, a choice of 1% milk or a small orange juice, and a package of Apple Dippers.

This is the second consecutive year that about 800 McDonald’s restaurants statewide have offered students free breakfast on the first day of the FCAT. Last year McDonald’s restaurants in Florida served about 190,000 students a free breakfast on exam day.

“Whether students eat at home, at their schools or at McDonald’s, it’s important to have a well-balanced breakfast every day, especially before taking an exam like the FCAT,” said Mike Adams, who owns and operates several local McDonald’s in Collier and Lee counties. “As many members of the McDonald’s family are parents themselves, we feel it is important for us to contribute to the well-being of children in our communities. A wholesome breakfast that includes food groups like fruit, whole grains and low-fat milk will help provide the fuel and nutrients students need to start the day.”