Ask a kid if he's hungry and he might not tell you. Ask a teacher and you'll hear the truth. Long-running hunger-relief organization Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry initiative has targeted school administrators to put into words what students from low-income families — more than half of all American public-school students — who utilize free breakfast programs can't, or won't. And justifiably so, as the teachers point out, as the stigma of being singled out keeps kids in a cycle of low self-esteem that doesn't facilitate learning.
No Kid Hungry's "Hunger In Our Schools" project suggests a modification of the existing breakfast services, supporting the idea of students eating breakfast together as part of first period. Currently, kids have to enroll in a program, get up much earlier and wait in line. Who wants to sacrifice 15 minutes of social studies for cereal and fruit so you can learn until lunch? Everyone, right? Check out Hunger in Our Schools for the full story, read the research report, and enjoy lots of videos of awesome teachers being awesome teachers, like this one:
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