Breakfast in the Classroom
Welcome to the new school year!
We hope your students are getting settled well into their classrooms. We want to let Georgia PTA parents know about a great grant opportunity: Breakfast in the Classroom. The Breakfast in the Classroom initiative takes the traditional school breakfast approach and improves it by moving it to the classroom, where every child is eligible to participate. The approach is simple: children eat together in the classroom, usually the homeroom, at the start of the day. They enjoy nutritionally well-balanced foods like breakfast wraps, yogurt, or fruit served directly in their classroom or grabbed from a cart in the hallway. Students then eat breakfast while the teacher takes attendance, collects homework or teaches a short lesson plan. Studies show that children who eat breakfast at the start of their school day have higher math and reading scores, have sharper memory and show faster speed on cognitive tests, have broader vocabularies, do better on standardized tests, and focus better and behave better. Please see the attached document with additional research on the benefits of BIC.
Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom is a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations including the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, the National Education Association Healthy Futures and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) that came together in 2010 in response to a shared passion for childhood nutrition and its potential for improving educational outcomes and child health. Funding is provided by the Wal-Mart Foundation. Here in Georgia, the partners include the Georgia PTA, the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals, the Georgia Association of Educators, and the Georgia School Nutrition Association.
GRANT FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR:
- Equipment Needs and Supplies (including cleaning supplies like trash bags, garbage bins, etc.)
- Limited Staff Support (up to three months) and Training
- Marketing and Promotion (marketing is typically $1/child)
- 70% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Priced (FRP) Meals (or operating CEP)
- Less than 50% School Breakfast average daily participation (ADP)
- Willingness to serve Breakfast in the Classroom at no charge to all students
- Strong support from the Superintendent
- 3-year commitment to making reasonable efforts to continue the program
- Willingness to promote the program
We encourage you to explore this opportunity for your school and/or school district. As a PTA, we can help to organize, support, and promote this very important program. Need some assistance? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-659-0214 so we can be of assistance.
Let’s give all of our students the best opportunity to be successful during the school day with a jump start to their day!
All the best,
Health & Wellness Chair