A Second Chance for Breakfast
Robison Middle School is Powered by Breakfast! The staff at Robison work together to make sure that kids have access to the first meal of the day through innovative breakfast delivery options, such as Second Chance Breakfast. Implementing the Second Chance Breakfast model is no easy feat, but Robison has been able to adapt the model to work for them. We spoke with Valencia A. Meyer, dean of students, to learn more about the challenges and rewards of incorporating a breakfast program into her school’s daily routine.
1.In implementing the second chance breakfast model, (second chance is typically served between first and second period), what were some challenges that your school faced?
The biggest challenge was ensuring that students did not miss any instructional time while they were having the second opportunity to eat breakfast.
2. How did you and your team overcome those challenges?
We extended the designated Second Chance Breakfast period so students would not miss the start of their class.
3. In one sentence, describe how breakfast helped your school?
Students who start their day with a nutritious breakfast are nourished and prepared to learn without the distraction of hunger.
4. Are there any breakfast tactics/tips used at your school that you believe would be helpful to staff at other schools?
Establishing systems to service students quickly is critical to the success of the process. Also, it is helpful to have multiple adults present to supervise students.
5. What are some comments from students and their families about the free breakfast they are receiving?
The families who know of our breakfast program are appreciative of the opportunity for their kids to receive and eat a free, nourishing meal before their classes. Our aim now is to increase awareness of our breakfast program among all parents.
Breakfast on the Go!
By the Powered by Breakfast team
December 29, 2017
Students at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus fuel their day for success with breakfast! The staff at Democracy Prep have implemented an effective and efficient breakfast delivery model called "Grab and Go." This model provides students the opportunity to grab breakfast as they enter campus and head to class where they are welcome to eat.
Introducing Schools to the Most Important Meal
November 27, 2017
As a No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador at Three Square Food Bank, I had the opportunity to work on the Powered by Breakfast initiative, a program that makes breakfast a part of the school day for kids. Through the experience, I was able to get out into the community and teach kids about the importance of eating healthy foods, while visiting numerous schools in the Clark County School District (CCSD) and observing their breakfast programs in action. Last month, I participated in the Healthy Kids Festival designed to encourage kids to lead more active lifestyles by involving both parents and their kids in discussions centered on healthier food choices. I also helped create a "Spin the Wheel" game in which kids would identify the healthy and unhealthy foods to win prizes. Seeing people from the community show up and support such an important cause was very fulfilling.
By visiting CCSD schools, I am able to provide the administration with national best practices for implementing breakfast, while suggesting alternatives to get more students excited about eating breakfast. I have noticed a growing trend that the older students are less likely to participate in school breakfast and it is my hope to shed more light on this issue, ultimately working to resolve it. While promoting school breakfast participation, I am also working with schools that would like to implement a Powered by Breakfast event filled with games and prizes to encourage more students to eat breakfast. I believe that more students will be eager to participate after seeing staff and administration interacting with schoolchildren through breakfast.
Moving forward, I am excited to expand breakfast participation at other schools to reach more children. Instead of finding ways to improve breakfast programs already in place, we will be spearheading this endeavor with the goal of providing more students with access to breakfast; whether in the school cafeteria, on their way to class, or inside classrooms. We will be providing technical assistance to staff and administration by giving them strategies on ways to minimize loss of instruction time, methods to reduce waste and strategies to keep breakfast running as smoothly as possible. Studies show that when kids eat breakfast, participation in the classroom increases and students are more engaged, typically performing better on tests.
Breakfast Takeover – A Spin in Getting Kids Excited about Breakfast
By Aldrich S.
March 17, 2017
In 2015, Three Square launched the “Powered by Breakfast” campaign to support the Clark County School District Food Service in implementing the Breakfast After the Bell Program. The program allows schools with a free and reduced-price lunch eligibility rate of 70 percent or greater to serve free breakfast to all their students.
As part of Powered by Breakfast, my team and I came up with the idea of doing “breakfast takeover” events during National School Breakfast Week from March 6 through 10. The goal was to bring awareness about school breakfast through student-focused activities, and encourage students to fight hunger, improve nutrition, and empower children to learn each day.
These fun-filled, and interactive activities were inspired by an event held at Cashman Middle School. Cashman saw a rise in breakfast participation after an increased awareness of the free breakfast offered at their school. We hoped to replicate this outcome at other schools, because student engagement with the program increased overall awareness and participation. As a result, we set out to bring these activities to five middle schools. We kicked-off National School Breakfast Week at Cashman and also brought this “travelling show” to Findlay, West Preparatory Academy, Monaco and Gibson middle schools. What a fun week!
The carnival-style games and social media booth were geared to highlight the benefits of breakfast, and each game came with Powered by Breakfast swag items as prizes to heighten enthusiasm. We proudly and excitedly reminded the students that their school is powered by breakfast, and taught them that breakfast helps kids focus in class and do better on tests.
Not only were the students engaged, they learned more about the most important meal of the day. Many of them even asked when we were coming back, and if we could return during lunch time – success! As school breakfast advocates, that is music to our ears!