WACO (March 6, 2014) A new study by the Texas Hunger Initiative says that students often perform better on tests at schools that provide breakfast in class.
The study set out to identify why students who qualify for the free breakfast program rarely take advantage of it and concluded that the social stigma, as well as other barriers, discouraged use of the program.
However Dr. Kathy Krey, director of research for the Texas Hunger Initiative, says that that stigma is easy to overcome simply by providing breakfast in the classroom.
Students can eat during the first 10 minutes of the school day while teachers perform such routine activities as taking roll, she said.
The study indicates that students who ate breakfast in class participated more and had higher standardized test scores as well as lower incidences of absences and tardiness.
Most Texas school districts already participate in the breakfast program, but breakfast is usually served in the cafeteria early in the morning rather than in classrooms.