Feed to Achieve Food Program Has Positive Effect on Students

Feed to Achieve Food Program Has Positive Effect on Students

According to school officials at Berkeley Heights Elementary, students are more attentive to learning and performing better in sports because of the program.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va - With schools beginning, a number of them are implementing nutrition programs, as part of the Feed to Achieve Act. According to teachers in the Eastern Panhandle they're seeing an overall morale boost among their students.

 "Students are handling it and adjusting really well," said Amber Boeckmann, the principal of Berkeley Heights Elementary School. "This way they get to eat it in their classroom with their friends.  Often times when they come into breakfast before they would be with Kindergarteners. If they were in 3rd grade, now they are eating with their grade level peers in their classroom.  They seem to be really enjoying it." 


Boeckman says more than 70 percent of the students are participating in the program. She says students have the option of grabbing a meal and having it in the classroom. The principal says this gives them more time to eat their meals while in a time crunch.

"For both of the programs, we are seeing changes and discipline," said Boeckmann. "Changes in attitude of children, they are fed in the morning I think they are better ready to learn.  It's been a great program for everybody." 

According to officials more than 15 schools in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties have breakfast and lunch programs implemented. Richard Goff the Executive Director for the Office of Child Nutrition came to see the progress in our area. He says he's pleased with the execution by school officials.


"Breakfast was occurring the worst possible time of the day," said Goff. "It was early in the morning and school was starting.  The buses were arriving, kids were getting here late.  I think they wanted to visit with their friends and it was an opportune time for participation." 

"Student achievement comes with child nutrition and so looking at these programs are essential to compete with the rest of the world," said Senator John Unger, the West Virginia Senate Majority Leader. "If we want our children to compete with the rest of the world, then we have to make sure. They have the proper nutrition and all the tools they need in order to compete."
 
According to the Feed to Achieve Act, all schools in the Mountain State have to implement nutrition programs by 2015.  

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