In efforts to increase accessibility to breakfast at Georgia Morse Middle School we implemented a Grab n Go style breakfast that students can take to class to eat there. On an average day prior to the program launch we fed 30 students or 5% of middle school students breakfast. In our first week we averaged 108 breakfasts per day with 80% of those being Grab n Go. We paired our launch with National School Breakfast Week so students had the opportunity to win great prizes, some of which were signed Minnesota Vikings memorabilia. The local newspaper did an article on our launch day to spread the word to the community about the new option.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges was getting teachers on board. I sent out a survey early in the year to get the interest. I only have 50% of teachers respond but the feedback was positive. I decided to launch the program and title it a PILOT program so teachers knew that we are going to see how it goes and then reassess. I sent out a quick 4 question survey after the first week and I will send that same survey out to teachers at the end of the year to see if opinions changed over the last quarter.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Teachers were asked to read the Grab n Go BIC announcement every day the week prior to the launch. I gave them a sample but they were asked to add in their BIC rules so students understood the expectations. The daily announcements also had instructions for how the Grab n Go line would operate.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
It has only been 1 week therefore the only improvements we have seen are the increased participation. I am hoping by the end of the year we see fewer nurse visits, improved behavior and better focus and concentration in class. If teachers can see this, then this pilot program will continue.
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