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Three BCPS schools excel at breakfast challenge

posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:11 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

No Hungry Kids NC to honor Heritage, Patton and Draughn


Heritage Middle School, Patton High School and Draughn High School are top performing schools in the No Hungry Kids NC Breakfast Challenge. The three schools will be recognized on Feb. 15 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the 2018 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference for their efforts to increase breakfast participation. No Hungry Kids NC presents the Breakfast Challenge Awards each year to schools that increase the number of students eating breakfast by at least 70 percent over the previous year.


Burke County Public Schools initiated the Universal Breakfast Program, which gives every student in the district access to free breakfast, last year. To get more students to take advantage of the free meal, Burke County Public Schools has focused on ways to make breakfast part of the school day. This includes programs such as Grab and Go Breakfast and Second Chance Breakfast. Grab and Go, available in five elementary schools, allows students to grab a quick, nutritious meal to eat either in the cafeteria or in the classroom. Second Chance, available in two middle schools and the four traditional high schools, allows students to visit a breakfast cart in the hallway between morning classes.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “The goal is to feed more students a healthy breakfast to get their day off to a better start. Studies continue to show a direct correlation between better grades and attitudes in students who eat breakfast compared to those who don’t. Burke County Public Schools wants to break down the barriers that keep kids from eating breakfast, whether it be because they arrive at school too late or are embarrassed to be in the free breakfast line. With our Grab and Go and Second Chance options and with all of our kids having access to a free breakfast, no one is singled out.”


Burke County Public Schools Food Services Management Coordinator Angie Hensley said, “We would like to personally say thank you to the principals and staff at Heritage, Patton and Draughn for their support of our school nutrition program and helping us feed students. We are excited for them to attend the awards ceremony and be recognized for their hard work. In addition to the recognition, they will receive a monetary award that will go back into the Child Nutrition Program. We are excited to talk with more principals in the district about expanding the breakfast program at their schools.”


Burke County Public Schools partners with Chartwells K12 to provide breakfast and lunch to students as well as a supper feeding program at Forest Hill Elementary School called “Eat Well After the Bell.” Visit http://burke.nutrislice.com/ for your school’s meal menu.


Photo Credit – Robin Heeralall, Student News Ambassador at Patton High School

Patton High School students line up to take advantage of a second chance at breakfast in the hallways between classes. Patton, Draughn High School and Heritage Middle School are top performing schools in the No Hungry Kids NC Breakfast Challenge.