LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) - More Riverside High School students are eating breakfast every morning thanks to a new program, second chance breakfast, which began this year.
High School Principal Matt Ziegler said they've nearly doubled the number of students eating each day.
"In the past, students would get here right at 8 a.m. a lot of times, either because the bus got here right at 8 a.m. or their parents dropped them off right at 8 a.m. and they had to go straight to first period," Ziegler said. "The great thing about second chance breakfast is they can get here right in time for class, sit through first period, and then get breakfast."
The school took one minute from each class change, meaning students have four minutes to switch periods instead of five minutes, and created a 10-minute window between first and second periods when students can pick up breakfast from a table in the hallway.
"Students with a full stomach learn better," Ziegler said. "Students who are not dealing with hunger issues or nutritional issues, they're going to be more focused in the classroom, they're going to listen better, they're going to be more engaged, all of those things, which are what we are shooting for here at Riverside. So not only are we wanting these students to be fulfilled nutritionally, but it helps us also to provide the best education that we can."
The school was able to buy equipment for the program with a $2,000 grant from the No Kid Hungry organization.
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