OKLAHOMA CITY - As Oklahoma students in third through eighth grade prepare to start standardized testing in April, local McDonald's restaurants are preparing to serve them a free wholesome breakfast.

“Eating a good breakfast is important, especially if you have a long day of testing ahead of you,” said Matt Baldwin, Oklahoma McDonald's franchisee and owner/operator. “It's our pleasure to offer a wholesome meal to Oklahoma students and get their day started off right.”

Students between third and eighth grade taking standardized test can stop by any McDonald's in the state on April 13 to receive a free breakfast from 6a.m. to 9 a.m. It's recommended that students be accompanied by a parent or guardian and go into the restaurant to receive the breakfast.

Students will receive wholesome breakfast items: an Egg McMuffin, choice of apple slices or Strawberry Go-Gurt as well as one of the following beverages: a one percent low fat milk jug, a fat free chocolate milk jug, or a small Minute Maid® premium orange juice.

“Breakfast is essential to children's nutritional intake,” said Lori Manning, RD/LD and local McDonald's dietitian consultant. "Students between nine and 13 years old need about 1600 to 1800 calories*. The items offered for this breakfast are all 300 calories or less making them a filling, nutritious option.”

According to data from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, almost 50 percent of U.S. children are not eating breakfast every day. Research shows that children who eat breakfast show improvements on math, reading and standardized test scores.