Liberal High School students in Liberal, Kan. don’t miss breakfast anymore, and their successful breakfast program is about to inspire more students in their district to follow suit.
With grant funding from Fuel Up to Play 60, Liberal High School established a Second Chance Breakfast program. Now, a special kiosk loaded with healthy, portable breakfast foods allows students who weren’t able to eat breakfast before school the opportunity to grab something delicious and eat it during their second hour class.
To help boost awareness and enthusiasm about the new program, students created marketing campaign with posters and videos. The grab-and-go model quickly caught students’ attention, and school and student leaders watched as breakfast participation doubled each day during the first two weeks it was offered. Now, nearly 400 students eat the grab-and-go breakfast option each day, and the success has students and leaders making plans to roll the idea out to two other sites in the district.
Word has spread among students, staff and administration: students are no longer hungry and visiting the nurse’s office complaining of stomachaches or headaches. And you won’t find them at vending machines in the middle of the morning because they’ve had an opportunity to grab something nutritious earlier. Favorite breakfast items so far include cheese sticks, muffins, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt, apple slices and milk.
Teachers and staff have also embraced the breakfast carts, and appreciate the opportunity to grab a healthy, satisfying breakfast at school. Faculty hasn’t reported any complaints of students being late to class, leaving messes behind in their classrooms or being a disruption to instruction time, and academic achievement at the school continues to climb. In 2014, Liberal High School was ranked second in Kansas by U.S. News & World Report, based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.