Breakfast in Classrooms for Drew Central Students

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Breakfast in Classrooms for Drew Central Students

Students in the Drew Central School District are having breakfast in their classrooms thanks to a grant from “No Kid Hungry.” Tiffany Barnard, child nutrition director, said students and teachers love the program. According to No Kid Hungry, U.S. teachers with hungry students report spending nearly $40 a month of their own money to feed them. Research indicates students who don't eat breakfast learn less, have more behavior problems and go to the school nurse more often. Barnard said her district had seen all of that, from teachers buying food to students complaining to the nurse of headaches and stomach problems. Drew Central schools provide free breakfast in every classroom, kindergarten through 12th grade. They offer grab-and-go items such as milk and cereal bars four days a week, with hot food once a week. That may be enough to help Arkansas graduate thousands more students every year. Barnard said they haven't been doing it long enough to see better test scores, but the teachers already report fewer discipline problems. The school district got a $10,000 start-up grant from No Kid Hungry. The group also is working with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.