Baltimore County Public Schools kicked off the Maryland Breakfast Challenge with a visit to students at Edmondson Heights Elementary School, who start each school day with a healthy school-based breakfast.
“Having breakfast before beginning the school day is important for our students,” said Superintendent S. Dallas Dance. “I applaud our Office of Food and Nutrition Services, along with our teachers and administrators, for promoting the importance of starting the day with a meal and for being proactive in encouraging our students to take advantage of our school breakfast program.”
According to the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) website, breakfast before the start of the school day “means higher test scores, higher graduation rates and higher wages down the line.” MSDE also points out that “schools that have high breakfast participation see better attendance rates and more focused, engaged students.”
“Most of us know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it fuels your body, it fuels your brain, and students at our school are really excited to start their day off with breakfast,” said David Proudfoot, principal at Edmondson Heights. “(This program has) really been a big win for us. Eating in the classrooms with their classmates and with their teacher starts their day off with a sense of community as well as with the great nutrition that they are getting for learning.”
The Maryland Breakfast Challenge seeks to expand the state’s school breakfast program to 10,000 additional students through challenge prizes and incentives and by emphasizing the importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast.
“I like breakfast because it helps you remember things, and it’s good,” said Chance Johnson, a Grade 4 student at Edmondson Heights. “It helps me stay up and gives me energy.”
Principals can enroll their schools in the challenge – and interested parties can find more information about the program – at www.MarylandBreakfastChallenge.org.