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Salem: Breakfast After the Bell Bewitches Students

October 17, 2017 / Success Stories

Massachusetts currently ranks 39th in the nation for breakfast participation; Salem Public Schools hopes to change that by leading the effort for improved childhood nutrition. A flagship city of the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education By All Means: Redesigning Education to Restore Opportunity initiative, Salem has taken an innovative, comprehensive approach to identifying and […]

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Congressman McGovern Supports Breakfast After the Bell

September 11, 2017 / News

On August 18th, Representative Jim McGovern submitted a letter in support of Breakfast After the Bell legislation (H.327 and S.242) to the Joint Committee on Education. Read the Congressman’s full letter to the Joint Committee here.  As the Joint Committee on Education continues deliberating, we ask for your support and advocacy. Please contact the members of […]

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Boston Globe: Boston to expand breakfast in classroom program

September 5, 2017 / Press

The Boston Public Schools this year plan to triple the number of schools that serve free breakfast in the classroom in hopes of getting more kids to start the day on a full stomach. Teachers will hand out french toast sticks, muffins, and other items after the morning bell rings. Students can munch away as […]

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Public Hearing Held on Breakfast After the Bell Legislation

July 21, 2017 / News

On Tuesday, July 18th, the Joint Committee on Education held a public hearing for input on several pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 242 and House Bill 327, “An act regarding breakfast in the classroom,” also known as Breakfast After the Bell. The Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition assembled a diverse group of stakeholders, including school […]

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Boston: Breakfast Perks Up Perkins Elementary Students

July 13, 2017 / Success Stories

At the Michael J. Perkins Elementary School, in Boston, Principal Craig Martin operates a successful Breakfast After the Bell program. With 94% of Perkins students eligible for free and reduced-price meals, the school’s robust breakfast program ensures that all students are starting their day on a full stomach. Perkins’ commitment to food security for their […]

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Holyoke: Breakfast in the Classroom Success

May 25, 2017 / Success Stories

Nine schools in Holyoke participate in Breakfast in the Classroom. This year, eight of those schools won the Healthy Start Award for regularly achieving more than 80% participation. Because of the hard work of the educators in Holyoke, nearly 4,000 students now eat breakfast every school day.   “The transition to Breakfast in the Classroom […]

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Boston Herald: Lawmakers lobbying for Breakfast After the Bell

April 30, 2017 / Press

When it comes to feeding disadvantaged kids a morning meal in the classroom, the Bay State ranks near the bottom nationally — a statistic that is fueling a push on Beacon Hill to require hundreds of schools in low-income neighborhoods to provide breakfast after the bell. “For a lot of kids, the last meal they […]

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