It has become more increasingly apparent that breakfast plays an important role in a student’s day, a study shows.
NoKidHungry.org released a report this week that compiled survey results from more than 1,000 school employees in the United States. According to the report, 75% of educators said that students who ate breakfast in the classroom noticeably performed better.
In the United States, more than half of school children in American public schools come from low-income families. 21 million students eat free or reduced-price lunch, but only 11.2 million are getting the school breakfast for which they also qualify.
Eating breakfast in the classroom not only ensured that the students ate their breakfasts but also that the meals were balanced, healthy and in an adequate amount.
75% of the classroom teachers reported that their students were more attentive, 53% saw an improvement in attendance and 48% noticed that there were fewer disciplinary problems.
“We’ve seen this work in school district after school district,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. Share Our Strength is the national anti-hunger organization who launched the No Kid Hungry campaign.
”Some of the teachers we know that had reservations now tell us that it’s the best thing that’s happened in their classroom,” he added.
Sources: March 3, 2015. "REPORT: When Kids Get Breakfast at School, the 'Light Turns on", Teachers Say". cnbc.com March 4, 2015 "Why Breakfast Should Become a Part of the School Day". parents.com