CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Breakfast in the Classroom Program kicks off today, giving students at several Charleston County schools the chance to enjoy the most important meal of the day right at their desks.
According to partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, the program is all about showing the importance of eating right and learning about nutrition. The free program will move breakfast from the cafeteria, into the classroom.
Officials say while 54-percent of students at Charleston County schools are eligible for free or reduced meals, a number of them are still missing out on the breakfast provided to them.
Charleston County School District brought together top hunger, nutrition and education experts to kick off the program. Experts say beginning the day with a nutritional breakfast could provide significant improvements in the classroom for students.
"The success part of it is we are bringing breakfast to more students and helping them better academically, helping to reduce the number of tardies, and reducing the number of visits to the nurse's office," says Walter Campbell, Director of Nutrition and Food Services for Charleston County School District. "Hopefully academically we can do our small part to benefit our district and have more students graduate."
More than 6,000 students will now receive free breakfast at the beginning of their first period of class thanks to the Breakfast in the Classroom Program.
Charleston County School District is one of ten major districts selected to share a $5 million Walmart Foundation Grant that pays for the program. A total of 15 schools in the district are participating.