Sedalia School District 200 was the top performer in its class in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s School Breakfast Challenge. Results were announced during the department’s School Administrators Conference July 28 in Columbia.
The challenge is a partnership among DESE, the Missouri Food Bank Association and the Midwest Dairy Council. The goal is to increase daily breakfast participation in school districts statewide. Winners were the districts that had the largest percentage increase in breakfast meals served per student from the 2012-13 school year to the 2013-14 school year.
Sedalia 200, with its 128 percent increase, was the Gold Award performer among districts with 3,500 to 9,999 students. The honor comes with a $3,000 prize; the funds are to be used for health and wellness activities to benefit the district.
Sedalia 200 Superintendent Brad Pollitt said: “I extend my sincere thanks and praise to our food service staff, teachers, aides, custodians and everyone who made our Universal Breakfast program a success. The award is appreciated, but better still is knowing that we were able to give our students the nutrition they need to fuel themselves for a successful school day.”
In a news release, Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro said: “”I would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s School Breakfast Challenge. Research shows a healthy breakfast can have a strong impact on student success in the classroom. We are grateful for districts around the state that make sure students have the option to eat a healthy school breakfast to better prepare them for the day.”