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King Staff Recognized for Expanding School Breakfast Program

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King Staff Recognized for Expanding School Breakfast Program
Posted on 05/12/2016
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King Middle School staff were honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker this week for their successful efforts to provide more students with school breakfast.

The school won a $500 award from Full Plates Full Potential for those efforts. The check was presented to King Principal Kathleen Bouchard and cafeteria staff Andrea Garland and Bonnie Roast at the board’s May 10 meeting.

During this year’s National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), March 7-11, Full Plates Full Potential and the Maine Department of Education’s Child Nutrition program challenged schools to increase school breakfast participation. The top three schools with the greatest increase in breakfast participation, from last year’s NSBW to this year’s, received $500 for their nutrition programs.

The benefits of eating school breakfast include improved academic performance, attention span, and overall health. During the current school year 2015-16, 47.7 percent of Maine children qualify for free and reduced price school meals. Of these approximately 86,000 children, only 40 percent participate in school breakfast.

King Middle School went from a traditional cafeteria breakfast to Breakfast in the Classroom beginning in December – providing many more students with access to breakfast.  Since its inception, program participation has increased. This process has been a collaboration of the staff of King Middle School and the food service staff, who all have worked together for the good of the students.