Butte School District officials call breakfast program a success


Butte School District officials are calling their participation in the Breakfast After the Bell program a success.

East Middle School was the most recent school in the district to join the program in early November.

Officials say they have almost 25 percent of their students participating, and that’s a step up from the 16 percent they had last month.

Officials previously said that out of the 640 students that attend East Middle School, only a small fraction of them report eating breakfast before class.

"They're excited about it, and I think just having a lot of options -- something hot in the morning, and seeing your teachers participate too is really cool. Even if it's just a juice, just seeing the person they're going to be spending the first hour of the day with sit down and eat with them is just really important,” said Haley McKnight, an AmeriCorps PRC VISTA member for No Kid Hungry.

The program is spearheaded by Gov. Steve Bullock and the national No Kid Hungry campaign.

The campaign gave the school a $5,000 grant to offset the cost of food, supplies and staffing.

Officials say they're still hoping more schools within the district will participate.

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