2015 First Lady School Breakfast Champions

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The First Lady School Breakfast Champion Awards are brought to you by a partnership between the Governor's Office of Community Service, the Governor's Office, the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana No Kid Hungry, the Montana Food Bank Network, and Team Nutrition. The following schools were presented with a certificate and letter of appreciation for their excellence in initiating and supporting school breakfast programs. Winners were invited to be recognized at the ServeMontana Award Ceremony.

Category 1: Startup of a new school breakfast program

Arrowhead Elementary
Frontier Elementary
Winner: Power Public Schools

Power Public Schools is recognized for starting a new school breakfast program at the start of this school year. Power Public Schools was recently award a mini- through the Breakfast after the Bell grant cycle. Through this funding, they developed a “Grab and Go” style of serving breakfast that allows their students to take breakfast to the classroom rather than eat in the cafeteria. Consequently, more students are starting the day with breakfast at Power Public Schools. Teachers have reported to the Superintendent that significant improvements have already been noticed in students’ behavior and attention.

Teachers at Power Public Schools have also turned this school change into a unique learning opportunity. After implementation of the Grab and Go program, more students starting the day with breakfast resulted in an unexpected challenge as to where to store additional food. An algebra class discovered a solution to that challenge by measuring the food and calculating the size of cooler needed to safely store supplies.

Category 2: Increased participation in existing school breakfast programs

DeSmet Elementary
W.F. Morrison School
West Elementary
Cornelius Hedges Elementary
Winner: Hardin Public Schools

Hardin Public Schools are recognized for increasing participation in an existing school breakfast program. During the start of the school year, the district took on the challenge of starting a Breakfast in the Classroom program in each of the schools in the district.  That includes four elementary schools, one middle school and a high school. Hardin Public Schools is one of the highest-need districts in the state and is located on the border of the Crow Indian Reservation, so offering an expanded breakfast program plays a critical role in ensuring that children are well fed and ready to learn in the classroom.

This year, they also opted into the Community Eligibility Program for all 6 of their schools, enabling them to start serving universal breakfast free breakfast in addition to breakfast in the classroom.

The food service director and staff work incredibly hard to provide a variety of menu options including fresh fruit and protein. As a result of these district-wide changes, they have seen a dramatic decrease in mid-morning behavioral problems.

Category 3: Long-standing tradition of excellence in serving school breakfast

Ronan Public Schools
Darby K-12 Schools
Franklin Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Winner: Winnett K-12 Schools

Winnett K-12 Schools is recognized for a long-standing tradition of excellence in serving school breakfast. Winnett School District has offered a breakfast program for all students in the elementary, middle, and high school since the 1980s. But what’s even more incredible, is that in the 1990’s they started offering a Breakfast after the Bell program for their middle and high school students, long before most other schools started doing so.

They took the initiative to do this to better meet the needs of their teenagers; they noticed that teens didn’t come to the before-school breakfast program, and often would come to school without eating breakfast. They wanted to ensure students were ready to learn in the mornings, not hungry. For the past twenty years, the middle and high school students come to breakfast after first period for 15 minutes. Nearly ninety percent of students eat breakfast at Winnett.

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