Caroline takes the Maryland School Breakfast Challenge

  Nearly 10 years ago Caroline County Public Schools started Breakfast in the Classroom. A way, Interim Superintendent of Schools Milton Nagel said, to help combat childhood malnutrition and defeat the stigma of students who were on free and reduced meals. Before having breakfast in the classroom for every child, students who were on free and reduced meals had to have breakfast in the school cafeteria.

  "Seven of nine schools now have breakfast in the classroom," Nagel said during a kickoff for the Maryland School Breakfast Challenge at Greensboro Elementary School, September 29.

Beth Brewster, supervisor of food services, said the breakfast challenge, is a way for the state of Maryland to add 10,000 more students receiving school breakfast. Federal dietary guidelines designate what the students can have for breakfast. Breakfast must include 2 grams of fiber a day, one full cup of fruit offered along with milk. The state of Maryland reimburses the school system for the breakfast program, said Nagel.

Faye Harris, Greensboro Elementary cafeteria manager, said breakfast in the classroom is an excellent program and helps prepare students for the school day. Each school day the cafeteria workers load up coolers with the days breakfast offering and take them to each classroom. Teachers mark down how many students take the breakfast. Breakfasts can be anything from a whole grain pop tart to zuchinni bread and apple slices.

"Our staff goes above and beyond to get these meals to students," said Harris. Over the course of a day, the cafeteria staff serves over 1,000 meals (breakfast and lunch) to Greensboro students.