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Breakfast Making a Difference in Students

Patricia Haydon,   Taneyville Elem.
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Breakfast Making a Difference in Students
This year at Taneyville, our K-5th graders ate breakfast in their classrooms. Our school is also implementing the Leader in Me concept. Students apply for jobs and have interviews with the principal. Jobs that help with our Fuel Up to Play 60 breakfast and lunch are the Breakfast Brigade. These students pull wagons carrying Fuel Up to Play 60 coolers filled with milk and breakfast, to each classroom. Students eat breakfast while doing their morning work. The Scrapper Squad scraps trays and makes sure our new silverware goes in the correct place, not in the trash. The Sanitizing Soldiers wash the tables and seats with Dawn dish soap and water, between each lunch period. There have been fewer discipline issues in the hallways this year because students eat and are already in their room. No wasted time in the hallways. The students are getting more instruction time and hopefully this will show on our upcoming MAP testing. There are also less visits to the nurse because of upset stomachs. We have a Share Cooler in the primary hallway. Everyday any unopened packaged food item is put into this cooler. Milk, cheese, yogurt, juice and fruit are served to students in after school clubs and teams. This cuts down on waste and the students love getting a healthy snack. Our physical activity has improved at recess and in physical education classes thanks to our new playground balls, goals, bats, balls, tee ball stand softball mitts. The students are very excited to use this equipment.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Breakfast participation has gone up but the number may not show it due to a drop in enrollment. Teachers have more instruction time and with K-5 eating in their rooms, the hallways are much calmer in the mornings. We participated In National School Breakfast Week. Our slogan was "Breakfast Rocks". Students listened to music during breakfast. The class with the most participation won a prize.