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The Century School cafeteria is filled with students eating breakfast before school starts. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Free breakfast offered for all PR students in May

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It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Park Rapids Area School District supports that statement.

Starting Thursday, May 1, free breakfast will be served for all Park Rapids students for the entire month.

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Food Service Director Tom Marcussen approached the school board earlier this month about wanting to introduce the program in the district.

“The state is encouraging participation,” he said.

Other schools have implemented similar programs and the key is participation, Marcussen said. He is working to make everyone aware of the offering.

“I think it would be a great thing for the community and kids,” he said.

The program would be implemented for grades K-12.

In order for the program to work, participation across the board is necessary. The way the state reimburses meals should make the funding for the program a wash.

“Breakfast is the biggest thing, the most social time of the day,” Marcussen said.

The Park Rapids Area School Board approved the free breakfast program for all students for the month of May.

Several studies support the theory that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and helps students with learning throughout the day.

According to Fuel Up to Play 60 resources, parents and teachers are asked to encourage kids to eat breakfast – not just on test days, but every day of the year. It’s well-documented that breakfast eaters are healthier and more energetic throughout the day.

National studies consistently confirm that breakfast helps kids concentrate, think, behave and learn. Eating breakfast:

  • Improves children’s classroom performance, including better test scores and grades.
  • Increases children’s ability to focus and concentrate on school work.
  • Decreases behavior problems, tardiness and visits to the school nurse.
  • Increases attendance rates.
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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
(218) 732-3364
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