Access to Healthy Foods, Student Leadership, Teamwork
The main focus of our “First Meal Matters” Play, was to get more students to participate in eating breakfast before school. Many students didn’t know the value of and negatives about missing the first meal of the day. The team that was assembled went on the morning announcements and for one week, read the benefits of having breakfast before the class day begins. Grades and behavior improve steadily when the stomach if full before the day starts, so spreading the facts is what the initiative was about. Each day, a new fact was read for the 1,400 kids at Glades Middle to take in. The café manager informed me that the number of kids eating breakfast had gone up 15% since the plan began. Overall, the goal of letting the students know the value of eating breakfast was a true success!!! The numbers went up and the information did as well.
How did you accomplish your goals?
Our goals were accomplished by increasing the number of students who ate the free breakfast at the school by 15%, according to the café manager
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Carrying over the plan to next year is the main goal. So many students are not informed about the values of eating a healthy breakfast before the school day begins. The number of kids at the school and the number of kids eating breakfast isn’t where it should be.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
The improvements at the school have been that more kids are now knowledgeable to what’s at stake with neglecting breakfast and taking advantage of breakfast. Many kids were uninformed with what are the values and dangers of not eating breakfast
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