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Start ‘smart with school breakfast’
November 10, 2017

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Recent studies confirm that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our breakfast is nutritious and will help prepare students to learn. Last year, Rugby Public School's Wellness Committee set a goal to offer a breakfast alternative for students on the go. We also wanted to increase breakfast consumption by students. The committee sought out to implement a Grab N Go breakfast for all K-12 students.

Rugby Jr./Sr. High School recently received a $4800 grant from Midwest Dairy Council and Fuel Up to Play 60 to purchase a breakfast cart. We were excited to be chosen as a recipient of the School Nutrition Equipment Grant. This cart provides our students with quick access to healthy and easy to eat options.

Rugby High School kicked off Grab N Go Breakfast on October 9th. The Grab and Go breakfast program is intended to ensure that all kids who didn't eat breakfast at home can access it at school. School Breakfast has been shown to help students improve grades, perform problem-solving tasks and increase attention in school. It is hard to learn when hungry. In the past month since implementing Grab N Go we have seen a dramatic increase in breakfast sales.

Grab N Go Breakfast is available daily to all students at the Rugby Jr./ Sr. High School. Students will be allowed to choose from a variety of healthy breakfast items, which includes milk, juice, fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, cereal, etc. Breakfast is $1.90 or free to all students qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals.

Ely Elementary Grade School started offering Grab N Go Breakfast bags at the beginning of this school year also. These breakfasts are conveniently packaged in bags so students can grab a bag from the cafeteria quickly when they get off the bus or arrive late at school.

"Midwest Dairy Council is committed to child health and wellness through our collaborative program, Fuel Up to Play 60. For more information, visit www.midwestdairy.com.

- Submitted by Rugby Public Schools

Superintendent Mike McNeff

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