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Mornings can be really crazy before going off to school. The alarm clock doesn’t go off and students oversleep. And, when this happens, there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes. Or, students simply aren’t ready to eat yet. If this sounds familiar, NPS has good news for you.
Free breakfast is now served at some of Norfolk’s schools for all students. Thanks to the School Nutrition Department, breakfast is now being served in 22 schools, one middle and 21 elementary schools, as part of the “Breakfast in the Classroom” program. The Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) initiative takes the traditional school breakfast approach from the cafeteria and improves it by providing breakfast in the classroom before instruction begins. This increases participation by students and helps create healthy minds in the morning.
A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body. Children who eat breakfast at the start of their school day have higher math and reading scores, have broader vocabularies, and perform better on standardized tests. Students are able to focus and behave better. And, children are less likely to be absent.
The BIC program began two years ago in May 2011 with Ruffner Middle School as the first school to try this new benefit for students and remains the only secondary school in the program. After viewing Ruffner’s success, other school principals quickly followed and now the program is expanding to other Norfolk schools.
According to Helen Phillips, School Nutrition Director, “The number of Ruffner students eating breakfast increased 85%, double the number who used to come to the cafeteria.” Phillips also reported that “schools participating in the BIC program tout 70% more students are now eating breakfast.”
New schools participating this year are Camp Allen, Granby, Ocean View and Tidewater Park elementary schools.
If your child’s school does not participate in BIC, breakfast at school is still affordable. The cost is only 90¢ and is still free for students in the free and reduced price program. For more information, just click on the links below to view details of the BIC program.
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