Breakfast After the Bell Transforms School Districts


Check out what superintendents and principals from across North Carolina have to say about the transformative power of Breakfast After the Bell.

"Kids need to know that they’re safe, they’re loved, and they’re gonna be supported. That means being fed… I can’t see academic increases if my students are hungry."

Thyais Maxwell
Former Principal at Hampton Elementary University Partnership Magnet
Guilford County Schools

"We know it's certainly a big part of what we have been able to do to move the mark academically in the district."

Robert Taylor
Superintendent
Bladen County Schools

"I just think it's real important that all of our kids have access to this. Our teachers here have been on board with it because they see the benefits."

Rodney Shotwell
Superintendent
Rockingham County Schools

"[Breakfast in the Classroom] helps our children focus throughout the day. We are seeing fewer behavioral disruptions, and it helps all students begin their day ready to learn."

Tony Baldwin
Superintendent
Buncombe County Schools

"We went from a low-performing school to a 'B' school in just two years, and we attribute a lot of that to the Breakfast in the Classroom"

Jason Griffin
2017 NC Principal of the Year
Hertford Grammar School
Perquimans County Schools

"If you would just embrace the idea of doing something different for breakfast, I think it would benefit kids. And, who can argue with that?"

Aisha Howard
Principal
Oak Grove Elementary School
Durham Public Schools

Next steps:

  • Read about breakfast as the foundation for school success.
  • Learn more about Breakfast After the Bell models.
  • Look at your school-level meal data to get a picture of breakfast participation in your district. Get it from your district nutrition director, or contact us for a copy, which we get from the NC Department of Public Instruction.
  • Talk to your nutrition director about what can be done to increase participation in your district.
  • Help your nutrition director get in the room with principals to find willing principals who can move schools forward for kids.