Each year, Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanians are given the opportunity to support a project chosen by the Governor’s spouse. Our 2016-2017 First Lady, Jeannette Edwards, has chosen Breakfast Programs in Title I Schools as her project.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…
…regularly eating breakfast can have significant positive implications for student behavior, academic achievement, and school learning environment.
Children who eat school breakfasts are more likely to concentrate better, be more alert, retain more of what they learn, and participate in class. School breakfast programs reduce absenteeism, tardiness, behavioral problems, higher grades, and increased standardized test scores.
Three out of four teachers know of students in their class that come to school hungry…
Many students will skip breakfast that is served in school because they are embarrassed standing in a separate line, or they are unable to arrive early enough to school to receive breakfast. Because of these reasons – and other contributing factors – participation in school-wide breakfast programs is low.
How Can we Help? There are Several Options.
- Grab-n-Go Carts can be set up during the first break in the hallways or quad areas. Purchasing carts or provide grab-n-go breakfast items such as breakfast bars, banana bread, and muffins;
- Breakfast in the classroom served while the teacher is taking roll call – you could make this a service project by reading to the class;
- Hosting a breakfast bar by providing ingredients for an oatmeal or waffle bar with toppings.
Clubs may apply for a club service grant up to $750 in support of these programs.
Support the First Lady’s Project:
The First Lady’s Pin, Here 4 the Kids, reflects what each one of us replies when we are asked, “Why are we in Kiwanis?” The First Lady’s Pin is available for a $5 donation, and banner patches are available for a donation of $150 or more.
Kids need Kiwanis.
Let’s provide the opportunity for kids to reach their potential,
and that every child is healthy, happy, safe and loved.