Grab and Go Breakfast a Hit at Rochester Elementary Schools

Posted at: 03/06/2013 3:28 PM
Updated at: 03/07/2013 5:11 AM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- Schools across the country are celebrating National School Breakfast Week; and that includes in Southeast Minnesota. Now, some Rochester schools are trying to make sure more kids are getting the right nutrition in the morning.

"We know that breakfast is such a healthy way to start the day, not only to get kids nourished, but also to help them be ready academically for the day," said Angie LaBounty, the Assistant Principal at Riverside Elementary School in Rochester.

They call it the most important meal of the day; breakfast. And now, getting that nourishment is even easier at Riverside.

"Basically the concept behind Grab and Go breakfast is taking breakfast out of the cafeteria and bringing it to our students," said Angie Wuerflein, with Student Nutrition Services in the Rochester Public School District.

The process is simple. The students grab their food, and go to their classrooms to eat it. However, the reason for it goes beyond a quick meal.

"I think it's really important because not all children are getting breakfast at home and if we're able to provide it at school to make sure that kids are consuming breakfast, so that they are ready, so that their minds, their bodies are ready to learn, we have to do everything possible to make sure that happens," said Wueflein.

Before the Grab and Go Breakfast started in January, around 120 kids were eating breakfast at Riverside. Now, that number has more than tripled, to around 380. And while the kids might not realize just how important it is, all they know, is that they love it.

"Sometimes we get special treats. Like yesterday I got a glow-in-the-dark bracelet and today I got a pencil," said Eanna, a kindergartner at Riverside.

"It's a fun way to start my day," said Lylli, another kindergarten student.

Riverside is one of three Rochester elementary schoolsi in Rochester that takes part in the Grab and Go breakfast program. District officials hope to have at least one more school on the program by the spring.