The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Start Your Engines,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for NSBW from March 4-8 with special menus, cafeteria events, and more. Some of the activities include a visit from North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper. She will visit North Edgecombe High to observe the “Second Chance Breakfast” model. First Lady Cooper will also participate in a tour of the school where several programs will be highlighted.
The week long celebration will also include a display of bulletin boards in all cafeterias that will utilize the National School Breakfast theme. Students will participate in coloring contests and nutrition trivia. Taste testing of foods from Conetoe Family Life’s Garden will be presented by Reverend Richard Joyner. The taste testing will be at North Edgecombe High School on March 4, 2019.
Innovative Breakfast After the Bell models, such as Breakfast in the Classroom or Grab and Go, are cost-effective, efficient, and help to ensure more students start their day with breakfast. Expanding access to school breakfast demonstrates Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper’s commitment to ending childhood hunger in North Carolina. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
- Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
- Score higher on standardized tests
- Have better concentration and memory
- Attend more days of school
Breakfast After the Bell Models include:
Students eat breakfast in their classroom after the official start of the school day.
Students pick up conveniently packaged breakfasts from mobile service carts in high traffic areas that are convenient to students, such as hallways or entryways.
Second Chance Breakfast is particularly effective for middle and high school students. Students eat breakfast during a break in the morning, often between first and second period. Schools can use an innovative breakfast service model or open their cafeterias during this break.