A new innovative program is being  implemented by the Finley School District, a free breakfast program for students at Finley Elementary and Middle & High schools starting August 27th 2019. What is different about this program is it will happen after school begins rather than before school! Here's why...

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According to a press release from Finley School District:

Students who are hungry for food cannot be hungry for knowledge.  That’s why all Finley students will have a second chance for breakfast when school starts on August 27th.  Finley School District is launching Breakfast After the Bell, an innovative program proven to increase participation and access to school breakfast. By simply shifting breakfast to after the school bell rings and into the classroom, students have higher test scores, better focus, and miss less school. What’s more, Finley Elementary and Middle School both qualify as CEP schools, which means that all Finley students in grades kindergarten through 8th can receive breakfast for FREE each day at school!

Multiple barriers prevent students from getting traditional cafeteria breakfast (before the bell):  buses arriving late at school; hectic morning schedules; stigma that school breakfast is for “poor” kids; and students preferring to socialize instead of eating.  With Breakfast After the Bell, nutritious meals will be offered to elementary students in their classrooms, and to middle and high school students between first and second period each school day.

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