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Rogers Pilots Classroom Breakfasts

Posted: April 19, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF CLASSROOM BREAKFAST Jimmy Azanza sips chocolate milk Friday that was part of his breakfast at Old Wire Road Elementary in Rogers. Breakfast is served to students in their classroom as part of the “Breakfast in the Classroom” program. Grace Hill, Bonnie Grimes, and Joe Mathias elementary schools in Rogers also serve classroom breakfast in the program paid for with a $190,000 grant from Walmart.

ROGERS -- School starts with breakfast at Old Wire Elementary School.

AT A GLANCE

How Many More Breakfasts?

The number of children eating breakfast at school jumped when breakfast moved to the classroom and became free to all kids. The program was kick-started by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. Administrators hope to expand the program to four more schools this fall.

Bonnie Grimes Elementary

An average of 128 students ate breakfast at school, now an average of 405 eat breakfast in class. At Bonnie Grimes. 77.1 percent of students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch.

Grace Hill Elementary

An average of 218 students ate breakfast at school, now an average of 430 eat breakfast in class. At Grace Hill. 88.8 percent of students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch.

Joe Mathias Elementary School

An average of 165 students ate breakfast at school, now an average of 451 eat breakfast in class. At Mathias, 82.2 percent of students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch.

Old Wire Elementary School

An average of 225 students ate breakfast at school, now an average of 480 eat breakfast in class. At Old Wire, 85.5 percent of students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch.

Source: Staff Report

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