On the Road with AASA: School Breakfast Means Academic Success and More

Members of AASA’s Children’s Programs Department are on the road providing on-the-ground technical assistance to the 11 school districts participating in the organization’s School Breakfast Initiative.

During the site visits, the AASA team is observing the program in individual schools and meeting with the superintendent from each district, along with district office staff, parents, students, community officials and school board members. Meetings are also being held with the school breakfast teams and AASA-assigned mentor/advocates from the participating school districts. Objectives of the site visits include assessing programmatic strengths, evaluating support, technical assistance and resources and providing feedback when necessary.

The 2016-2017 site visits began in October with initial stops at Newark (N.J.) Public Schools, Hempstead (N.Y.) Union Free School District and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (N.Y.).

“The Newburgh Enlarged City School District recognizes the importance of a nutritious breakfast for overall student health, and its impact on student achievement,” said Roberto Padillo, superintendent, Newburgh Schools. “Eliminating hunger through expanded access to breakfast is directly aligned with our district’s vision statement, ‘Through the work of all, we will achieve inclusive results.’”

With funding from the Walmart Foundation, AASA works with member districts to increase school breakfast participation using alternative breakfast strategies, such as “Breakfast in the Classroom.” The main goal of the initiative is to increase the number of low-income students who eat breakfast in these districts.

Additional stops on the road will include:

  • October: Spring (Texas) Independent School District, Meridan (Conn.) Public Schools;
  • November: Williamsburg (S.C.) School District, San Diego (Calif.) Unified School District;
  • December: Neosho (Mo.) R-5 School District;
  • Winter 2016: Chicago Public Schools; Clayton (N.J.) Public Schools and Liberty County (Ga.) School System.

For additional information about AASA’s School Breakfast program, visit http://www.aasa.org/ChildrensPrograms.aspx.




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