March 2010 Your Turn
Students need to eat breakfast in order to do their best in school; there’s no real debate there. The real question for Your Turn readers is not whether breakfast is important -- you invoked your collective mothers and grandmothers to underscore that point -- but how best to provide it.
“We are hoping to add a basic breakfast program next fall, because we know it is a very important piece of the educational learning process for our kids,” wrote Illinois board member Greg Wolfe. “Of course, it all hinges on funding, and the state and federal financial picture is not looking good these days!”
Nearly half of respondents (48 percent) said their districts provide universal breakfast. An equal number said their districts either provide breakfast to students qualifying for the federal school lunch program, or are planning to do so. Four percent said they do not offer breakfast.
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