Program looks to move students’ breakfasts from the cafeteria to the classroom

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(WIVB) — Experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for students.

A national program attempts to get kids to start the day with a meal by serving it in the classroom.

“Breakfast In the Classroom” is now serving 75 school districts across 26 states.

It’s part of an effort to move school breakfast programs from the cafeteria into the classroom, so more students start their day with a nutritious boost.

Research shows that having breakfast can make a significant difference in a child’s ability to learn.

School nutritionists also say the program helps students make healthy choices on their own.

Yvette Hicks, a teacher, says “Most of our students do not have breakfast at home, so this is a wonderful way for them to start their day.”

“School breakfast can actually help improve academic achievement,” according to Crystal Fitzsimmons, with the Food Research and Action Center. “It’s linked to higher test scores. It’s linked to kids being able to focus and concentrate and behave in the classroom.”

The Food Research and Action Center wants to expand “Breakfast In the Classroom” because they believe it’s not reaching all the students who need it.

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