SPARTANBURG, CO, SC (WSPA) — Tuesday, March 3rd kicked off National School Breakfast week. This week schools in Spartanburg District One highlighted Inman administration’s move to have free breakfast in the classrooms.
Traditionally, in the past, need based students were the only students served breakfast before the schoolday.
For the last 14 years, District One offered its students free breakfast. However, administrators noted, in addition to national data found in the early years, the free breakfast was ineffective in feeding children who needed it.
Only a fraction of hungry students actually got food; because, they didn’t get to school with enough time to grab it, or felt embarrassed, or felt ashamed to be labeled one of the early breakfast kids.
In the last few years, the district changed its thought process on free breakfast, by opening it up to the entire student body.
Inman Elementary, went one step further, by bringing the meals into the classrooms. Assistant Principal Briana Wright said breakfast in the classroom created a smooth transition for students.
Inman’s student body, a little more than 500 children, then could choose how each student would start their day.
“No matter what time a student gets here, they’re able to have breakfast. Breakfast is there, waiting on them in the classroom. Whether they come in at 7:30, or they come in at 8 o’clock,” Wright said.
Inman faculty and staff saw several positive changes in student behavior since the breakfast switch.
Wright said fewer trips to the nurse’s office, calmer classrooms, and higher test scores have all happend since classroom breakfast became the norm.
For more information on how schools are working to combat childhood hunger, click here.