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Breakfast in the Classroom at Paschall

By
Lindy Stuckey,   William Paschall Elem School
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods
Breakfast in the Classroom at Paschall
We received a grant that allowed our school to serve breakfast in the classrooms before school. We have seen an increase in the number of students eating breakfast on a regular basis than we did when we had breakfast in the cafeteria. We took a teacher survey and asked the teachers if they have seen an improvement in tardiness, an improvement in attendance, improvement in academic performance, and how satisfied they were with breakfast in the classroom. Unfortunately, the teachers have not seen improvement in these areas. We are hopeful that next school year will run smoother and be more successful now that we have worked out some kinks. The word is out!

How did you accomplish your goals?

Students were offered breakfast in their classrooms before school instead of in the cafeteria. We were granted hot and cold coolers on wheels for every classroom. A couple of students from each class go down to the cafeteria in the morning as part of their classroom jobs/duties and pick up the carts and take them to their classroom. The students then eat their breakfast and the carts are returned by the student helpers.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Breakfast in the Classroom will be a district-wide initiative next year. We were a pilot school this year starting in January and have had some success, but not particularly the success that we were hoping for. We are hopeful that next year, there will be more choice selections/options and better food served to our students at breakfast.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

More students are eating breakfast in the morning. We went from around 318 students being served breakfast in the cafeteria in the morning before school on December 3, 2018. On April 3, 2019, there were about 461 students who ate breakfast in their classrooms.