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Coolers to the Classroom

By
Dianna Isaac-Johnson,   Northview Elem.
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Breakfast in the Classroom
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Coolers to the Classroom

Northview Elementary School's Breakfast in the Classroom program assigns students to pick up the prepared meals from the cafeteria and them deliver to their class. If a student comes to class late, the coolers are able to keep the meal at the correct temperature.The coolers are brought back to the cafeteria later in the morning. This program helps with the overcrowding of the cafeteria which was built for 250 students and our school’s current population is 600. Breakfast in the classroom has also reduced the number of students who would in the incorrect place before school while stating they were at breakfast. Teachers are able to start teaching earlier in the day and students are able to receive a healthy breakfast in the morning. 

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults use the Breakfast in the Classroom program as a team. The students are responsible for picking up breakfast coolers passing out breakfast and throwing away trash. Each class has a different system. One teacher will have class helpers to pass out the meals and the students change weekly. Another teacher has her system in place and the students are responsible for all of the work required for the breakfast. Teachers will keep two bags for late students.

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

The school district has committed funds for this project. Breakfast in the classroom has been a success. It provides meals which are convenient for the teachers and students. This program has reduced many problems which were created in the mornings due to overcrowding in the cafeteria. The principal brought this idea to our school this year and federal funding will assist us in the future.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The Breakfast in the Classroom had a few challenges. Students sometimes would take two breakfast meals. Teachers realized which meal students would accidently borrow and she would be the one who would distribute the breakfast meal on that day. The cafeteria staff would have to make changes when students left and came to the school during the school year. The office secretary and the cafeteria staff had to update class list quicker to reduce additional charges.