This is so neat.
Students at Foster Elementary School in Compton, CA are offered a free breakfast every morning before class.
Most of the children do not take advantage of the free breakfast though, so the school is implementing a new program that brings breakfast into the classroom.
The Compton Unified School District believes that there are huge benefits with having students with full bellies every morning.
"More breakfast participation has allowed schools to maximize their resources and receive greater federal reimbursements. Student attendance and performance have improved, and school nurses are treating fewer students for stomachaches."
Plus, it allows teachers to multitask such as taking attendance and as educator Sarah McKerr says:
"It makes it that much easier for me to figure out who did their homework."
Ah, good one, Mrs. McKerr!
As for the rest of California schools, about 56% qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The program will make sure that every student doesn't go hungry, while also building social skills, eating at their desks with other children.
Research has linked school breakfast programs with higher test scores and grades, improved attendance, and fewer referrals to school nurses.
What a fantastic campaign! It's so important for children to eat healthy and this seems like this could really help families who need it. Good work!
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