Breakfast in the Classroom Feeds Success

Breakfast in the Classroom Key Ingredient in Student Success
Breakfast in the Classroom

November 30, 2015 – Twenty-two schools in Amarillo ISD currently serve breakfast in the classroom, and seven more operate a modified breakfast in the classroom program, providing students the chance to share family-style meals together each morning. Warm breakfast items, fruit, and juice or milk is shared with a mixed intention of feeding hungry growing bodies and keeping a pulse on the lives of students.

“Students often come into class grumpy because they are hungry and desperate for energy, but breakfast in the classroom gets them going again so they can have a good day at school,” shared Raini Whitacre, third-grade teacher at Sunrise Elementary. “The kids work through problems while they eat, and sometimes I join them by eating my own breakfast. It’s great for getting our day started.”

At Sunrise, fifth-grade students are in charge of pulling coolers filled with breakfast items to each classroom so they and their younger peers can start the day off right. This traditional breakfast in the classroom ensures every class has a cooler with breakfast items for students.

“This is a common start to each day for our students and their teachers,” Sunrise Principal Shelley Baloglou explained of breakfast in the classroom. “Some grade levels may have brain starter activities while students eat their breakfast, and others enjoy a quiet time of passing back papers and making sure homework has been checked.”

Touting the benefits of the breakfast in the classroom program comes easily to Senior Director of Dining Services Mike Brungo, who sees daily in charts and figures how eating apple slices or drinking milk in the morning creates better associations with healthy food and provides valuable nutrients for growing bodies.

“We’ve had continual growth in school participation, and I give a lot of credit to the principals and teachers doing the program, but our goal is to always try to move that up until we get all schools participating who are able to,” Brungo shared. “When we do breakfast in the classroom, the number of students eating their breakfast goes up.”

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