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Patricia Haydon,   Taneyville Elem.
Access to Healthy Foods,  Teamwork

Taneyville students in PreK through 3rd grade eat breakfast in their classroom. Breakfast is delivered to their rooms, by wagons. Students eat while the teacher begins the morning lessons. Fourth through eighth grade eat breakfast in the cafeteria. They may also eat breakfast in the courtyard, at the picnic table. Students coming in late pick up a grab and go breakfast and take it to their room. Our new milk cooler stores milk for the cafeteria and our old cooler is now in the elementary hallway.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students have more instructional time. Attendance has improved because students want to eat with their classmates. Testing scores should be improved because students eating breakfast have better test scores. There are also less visits to the nurse due to stomach aches.

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

There were worries that teachers would resist the change. There was also a concern about the cafeteria staff having more work. Our wellness committee met and introduced the idea to the K-3 teachers and explained the program and its advantages. Luckily they were all on board. The kitchen staff all came together and put in a little extra effort. Students pull the wagons up to the classes.