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No Kid Hungry Louisiana Breakfast Challenge Regional and Grand Prize Winners!
On March 5th, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation declaring March 5th-9th 2018 School Breakfast Week in Louisiana. On March 7th, Louisiana's First Lady, Donna Edwards, announced the winners of the No Kid Hungry K-12 School Breakfast challenge at North Corbin Junior High in Walker! Five regions and 306 schools statewide participated in the challenge. The top schools in each region with the highest breakfast participation received $1,000 in cash prizes. The challenge was to increase average daily breakfast participation in October 2017 compared to October 2016.
“Both my husband, the governor of Louisiana, and I would like to encourage all schools across the state to make school breakfast a priority! Together we can, and we will end childhood hunger across the state of Louisiana.” – First Lady Donna Edwards.
The goal of the No Kid Hungry Louisiana Breakfast Challenge is to inspire schools across the state to increase student participation in school breakfast. Research shows that students who eat breakfast do better in school. According to Mrs. Sommer Purvis, the assistant supervisor of the Child Nutrition Program in Livingston Parish, new models such as “Breakfast to go,” “Breakfast in the classroom,” or “Second Chance breakfast” were implemented in 25 schools in hopes to increase participation. In the past year, Livingston Parish served 1.8 million breakfasts.
“Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to have higher levels of achievement in math, score higher on standardized tests, have better concentration, memory, focus, alertness in class, improved attendance, behavior, and overall academic performance. “- Dr. Dana Hunter, Louisiana Children’s Cabinet.
The challenge was a success with schools in all 5 regions increasing breakfast participation!
The winners of the 2017 Louisiana School Breakfast Challenge are:
Region 1 – North Desoto Elementary (Desoto Parish) Region 2 – Colfax Elementary School (Grant Parish) Region 3 – Iota High School (Acadia Parish) Region 4 – Village East Elementary School (Terrebonne Parish) Region 5 – North Corbin Junior High School (Livingston Parish)
With a 60% increase in breakfast participation during the month of October 2017, the grand prize winner is North Corbin Junior High School (Livingston Parish)!
In addition to the Regional and Grand Prize winners, those participating schools who achieved 70% or above breakfast participation were designated as members of the Louisiana Breakfast Challenge Hall of Fame.
The Louisiana School Breakfast Hall of Fame winners are:
Armstrong Middle School, Berg Jones Elementary School, Bossier Elementary School,
Byrd Avenue Primary School, Carver Elementary School, Central Elementary School,
Central Rayne Kindergarten School, Church Point Middle School, Clara Hall Accelerated School, Colfax Elementary School, Delta Junior High School, Frederick Douglass Elementary School, Garyville/Mt. Airy Math & Science Magnet, George Cox Elementary School, Gerarldine Boudreaux Elementary, Henry V. Adams Elementary School, Impact Charter Elementary, Jackson Elementary School, KIPP East Community Primary, KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy, Lafayette Academy of New Orleans, Lutcher Elementary School, Madison James Foster Elementary, Mermentau Elementary School,
Midway Elementary School, Mildred Osborne Charter School, Mildred S. Harris Elementary School, Minnie Ruffin Elementary School, Morse Elementary School,
North Corbin Junior High School, North Live Oak Elementary School, Pierre A. Capdau Learning Academy, Pine Grove Elementary School, Port Allen Elementary School,
Riverside Elementary School, Roy Neal Shelling, Sr. Elementary, Shady Grove Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Swayze Elementary School, Village East Elementary School, W.P. Foster Elementary School, Walker Elementary School,
Wesley Ray Elementary School, Wildwood Elementary School, Woodland West Elementary School
Blog post written by Louisiana Fit Kids Dietetic Intern, Brooke Howell, Southern University