Students at Greencastle Antrim Elementary School are now able to get what many call the most important meal of the day, right at school
The breakfast program is in the first full year at the elementary school, as the building was selected to pilot the program in May.
Even with less than two weeks into the school year, students are already set on their favorite options.
Students were able to grab fresh fruit, milk and breakfast staples like maple pancakes.
The school uses a “grab and go” method that makes this process only 15 minutes, as students eat right in the classroom.
“I like it because you get to have it in class and it sort of helps you work while you are doing something,” said Nyla Biggus, 5th grade student.
Chad Stover, the school principal said about 150 out of their 700 students grab breakfast, but it’s not about quantity.
It’s about making sure that every student is able to start the day with some fuel in their bodies.
“Something that we strive to do here at the elementary school is to keep our students motivated and focused to learn and I feel you can’t do that on an empty stomach,” said Stover.
The breakfast cost $1.40 a day for students and is free for those students that qualify for free and reduced lunch.
The district’s food services department is set to expand the breakfast program into the primary, middle and high school building this year.