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Breakfast is Best

Crystal Greaves,   Ridge View Community School
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Access to Healthy Foods,  Student Leadership
This year, we used our Fuel Up to Play 60 funding to purchase a breakfast cart to offer a "Second Chance Breakfast" or "Breakfast after the Bell". Many of our middle school students arrive too late for the traditional breakfast or avoid the cafeteria at breakfast time due to the younger students being in the cafeteria at the same time. Our goal was to get more middle level students eating breakfast. We had our Fuel Up to Play 60 leaders go to each middle school homeroom at their break around 10:00 AM. Students could choose a breakfast to pack (whole grains, fruit juice and milk) if they had not received breakfast that morning. Healthy snacks were also offered. Student Ambassadors in grades 6, 7, and 8 are running the show! The Student Ambassadors are now self-motivated and essentially managing the project independently. Teachers have noted lfewer nurse visits and more productive students! We have increased breakfast participation by about 15% with this program.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The program advisors included the students in selecting the breakfast cart with bright colors. Initially, a Program Advisor went to the homerooms with the student leaders. As the students became comfortable with the process, they began to deliver breakfast independently. The students get to work closely with other students, the food services director, and teachers and have become much more confident in their program.