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Second Chance Breakfast at Bath Middle School

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Diana Hixon,   Bath Middle School
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Second Chance Breakfast at Bath Middle School
Although breakfast is available upon arrival each morning, we found that most of our students were skipping breakfast for one reason or another only to feel ill or hungry later in the day. Administrators, food service, and teachers collaborated on a creating and trialing a new school schedule that would incorporate a new school-wide, mid-morning break period where students could return to the cafeteria to access Second Chance Breakfast for a grab and go breakfast or snack. Since starting this program, our breakfast participation has more than doubled, students remain attentive and trips to the clinic for stomachaches and headaches have greatly decreased!

How did you accomplish your goals?

We convinced our principal and food service director to trial a new schedule with a designated breakfast break. Food service agreed to reopen for late grab and go breakfast. We added new decor and breakfast signage to our cafeteria to generate new interest. Wellness students did announcements, made posters and even lead a breakfast parade to advertise the program and proclaim the importance of breakfast in fueling greatness.