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No holiday break for struggling Colorado families—and what’s at stake for kids in 2015

The holiday season is often portrayed as “merry and bright,” but for many Colorado families that’s not the case. When living paycheck to paycheck, a holiday break for families with school-age children leads to additional stress and tough choices like: Do I pay our rent and bills or buy groceries? It’s estimated that about one […]

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Breakfast For All: Alysh’s Story

Breakfast For All: Alysh’s Story

There are several factors that have led to my support for the Breakfast After the Bell Program in Colorado.  I am extremely lucky to work with the people I do, and I feel that with my knowledge and experience, I am in a position to help those whose situation I was previously in. When I was […]

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Fairview Elementary Breakfast in the Classroom

For school staff in Denver looking for a veteran, after-the-bell breakfast program to observe, Fairview Elementary is the place! This ECE-5 school has been offering Breakfast in the Classroom to its students for 11 years. For the first ten of those, staff delivered breakfasts to three floors, without an elevator! Another notable aspect of their […]

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Fueling success with after-the-bell breakfast in Adams County school district

The morning was still engulfed in darkness, yet inside Adams City High School there was movement and chatter in the kitchen as staff prepared the day’s breakfast—low-fat milk, an apple and a healthy granola. While the school began to bustle with activity as more students arrived, members from a student club, one by one, stopped […]

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Fighting for a Place at the Table: Ending Hunger in Colorado—and America

A few weeks ago I attended a viewing for A Place at the Table, a documentary that provides a personal view of the more than 49 million Americans who face food security issues. One of the featured stories involves a fifth-grader named Rosie from Collbran, Colo. More specifically, the film speaks to the hardships faced […]

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When school breakfast became a part of school culture in Montrose

The lumps were quickly smoothed out of the school breakfast program at Pomona Elementary School in Montrose last year. Shortly after offering all 411 students breakfast each day in their first class, many teachers, leaders and custodians who had their doubts were converts. The biggest reason was better student behavior. “We had fewer students coming […]

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Morey Middle School on its way with Breakfast in the Classroom

I visited Morey Middle School’s new Breakfast in the Classroom program yesterday, and even with a broken elevator, a nutritious breakfast made it to the desk of every student who wanted it. Cereal was the clear winner on that morning! Since starting this fall, breakfast participation has jumped from 31% last April to 68% in […]

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