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Grab and Go at Bussey

By
Kenneth Hernandez,   Douglas B. Bussey Elementary School
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods
Students are encouraged to eat breakfast everyday in order to be more successful in the classroom. By giving late arriving students a 'Grab and Go' breakfast option to eat in the classroom, students are able to take advantage of having a positive start to the day. The teachers at Bussey Elementary have been very supportive of ensuring all students have the opportunity to enjoy their breakfast in the classroom.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Aldine purchased signage to put on a cart where the cafeteria employees could put a variety of breakfast options from whcih the students can choose. Some of the items are grouped in a bag, allowing the students to easily grab and take to their classroom.

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

The main challenge is having the students believe they could actually eat breakfast in their classroom. Many of the students are timid, thinking they may get in trouble. With the help of the entire staff at Bussey Elementary, students are aware that they can eat and enjoy breakfast in the classroom.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Teachers have said that students are more focused throughout the school day, helping them be more successful at their school work. There are fewer nurse visits due to fatigue, stemming from hunger.