We had a school-wide initiative to place a breakfast cart near the front door of the school, so those students who arrive too late or who do not feel comfortable in the loud cafeteria in the mornings, could still receive a healthy breakfast. We took it a step farther. We have “before school” volleyball, football and basketball practice for our 7th grade athletes, boys and girls. Because of our early arrival, these student athletes were not able to go to the cafeteria or take from the front door breakfast cart. Our cafeteria ladies and our administrators were willing to put a cart together, especially for our athletes, and actually brought it to the hallway outside of our gyms. Our students were able to receive a healthy breakfast every day, which gave them a great start to their day. Early exercise and healthy fuel for their bodies helped our athletes to become very successful on and off the court.
Just as some adults sometimes feel that hunger pang during 2nd or 3rd period, our students also get hungry at different times of the morning. As staff, we agreed to allow students to eat responsibly throughout the morning as long as it was not a disruption.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
The students and adults worked together by providing the breakfast cart and selecting healthy choices from each food group each time.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
It has been successful on all sides, so I feel like this Play will continue into the upcoming years.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Some of the challenges we faced were making sure that the students were taking not only the breakfast bar, but also a selection of fruit. Even though they "didn't really want it", many times they would eat it. Also, if a team was not coming in for early practice (typically the day after a game), then we had to communicate that to the cafeteria staff so they would not load up a cart unnecessarily.