Studies show eating breakfast improves productivity, especially in students.
Nine schools in North Carolina are being recognized for their breakfast program, including West Craven High.
“Now I can stay awake actually in class and rejuvenated and it’s just better overall,” said Kayla Simmons, a junior at West Craven High School
That’s why West Craven started rolling out the breakfast kiosks after the first period, instead of before school starts.
Since starting the ‘second chance breakfast program,’ West Craven has seen an increase of almost 400% on some days, school officials say.
“It’s been a tremendous increase, said Tabari Wallace, 2018 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year and Principal of West Craven High. “This is my second year here and last year when we had it in the morning, there was 40 kids, forty to fifty-five kids and now you’re seeing pretty much half the student body is eating breakfast.”
According to the State Board of Education, the benefits of eating breakfast have been proven.
Reduced absenteeism, better behavior, and increased test scores come from morning nutrition.
A key part of the breakfast program is having a well-balanced meal.
“If you let kids choose, they’ll eat just the biscuit and won’t balance it out. So you have to have a fruit and we make them take a fruit and sometimes making them take it is a lot better than waiting for them to choose it. If they have it in their hand, they’ll eat it,” said Wallace.
Even the students agree that breakfast is key.
“I just feel like its make the school so much better. And I feel like everybody feels that way too,” said Simmons.