Breakfast for Learning
Dec 07, 2015
Principals are tasked with the unique challenge of cultivating an environment that encourages students to succeed academically. Holistic approaches recognize that it is difficult for hungry students to learn. Students that begin each day with a nutritious breakfast have the energy necessary to perform at their very best in the classroom, and principals play a pivotal role in making this a reality.
Traditionally, breakfast is served before the start of the school day which can be difficult for students to access due to a number of reasons: late buses, hectic morning schedules or the desire to socialize with friends. Implementing proven strategies (i.e. Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, Second Chance Breakfast) that increase breakfast participation are made possible by a principal’s leadership. Principals are able to galvanize the school community to serve breakfast in a more on-the-go friendly model and set school building guidance that permits students to finish their morning meal in the classroom.
Download this report to read about secondary school principals’ experiences with implementing breakfast after the bell programs. Talk with your nutrition staff, custodial services and teachers to engage in a conversation about school breakfast and its importance for student academic achievement. Create an action plan to implement an alternative breakfast service model that would increase the reach of your School Breakfast Program.
For more information about increasing the reach of your School Breakfast Program, visit the Food Research and Action Center.