After the Bell: Questions, Comments…Success!
Breakfast After the Bell Case Study
The results are in! Breakfast After the Bell at Berkeley Elementary School was a success. Now we are in the process of expanding the program to include two more schools: Watsessing and Carteret elementary schools. That means more than 700-plus students could benefit from the program. Breakfast After the Bell provides free breakfast to students after the school day has started. At Berkeley, for example, students grabbed breakfast from mobile carts and ate during homeroom or it was brought to the classroom.
Our master’s level intern, Ebony Felton, conducted several focus groups with Berkeley students (K-6) and teachers to evaluate the pilot program.
Here are some of the highlights of her findings:
- The kick-off, which was held last August, significantly increased free-reduced lunch applications; 80 percent of students who paid for lunch during the 2017-2018 school year received free lunch in 2018-2019.
- Nearly all the students liked having breakfast at school; most would be upset if the program was eliminated.
- While students want more breakfast choices, they can generally find at least one item they like (i.e., the juice or milk).
- Some teachers said students were less distracted in the morning because they ate breakfast.
- Teachers said the process of providing breakfast to their students was easy and routine.
Of course, the program is still new, but we are off to a great start. We are super-excited about the possible expansion of Breakfast After the Bell, as numerous studies have shown that hunger negatively impacts academic performance.
We’ll have more details on the additional schools in our next blog. In the meantime, check out the coverage of last year’s Breakfast After the Bell kick-off:
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