District moving breakfast out of cafeteria into classroom

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 01/29 2014 04:42PM

Updated 01/29 2014 05:32PM

DECATUR -- The public school system is taking breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the classroom. Leaders want to limit distractions.

The cafeteria is a place where kids not only eat, but also play with friends. So, school leaders hope by moving breakfast into the classroom, kids will be in a learning mode much faster.

They also want to increase participation in the breakfast program. All of the public schools here serve breakfast, but of the 80% of kids who are eligible, less than half actually eat at school. It leaves many without the energy needed to focus.

The menu will have foods like muffins, cereal and juices; all items which are not too messy and easy to clean up after. Six schools have already made the transition.

Organizers say, so far, it's been successful. They hope to add another school by March and include the entire district within the next 2 - 3 years.

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