Students at Harlan Elementary School are now participating in a new “Grab-n-Go” breakfast challenge set in place by Food Service Director and Director of Pupil Personnel Emily Clem.
Clem spoke to members of the Harlan Independent Board of Education recently about the new “Grab-n-Go” breakfast challenge at the elementary school.
“We found that a lot of elementary students who were coming in late or tardy were not being able to eat breakfast. So, from about 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. we are bringing a breakfast up from the cafeteria to the hallway so the students can just ‘grab-n-go’ a pre-packaged Pop Tart, cereal bar or biscuit, milk and juice,” said Clem. “Principal Vickie Anderson has been so supportive of letting the students just sit in the hallway and eat real quick.”
Clem said on the first day they held this challenge there were approximately 20 students who participated. She said in the past several days over 40 students had eaten breakfast from the “Grab-n-Go” breakfast challenge.
“If you stand there and watch them you can just see their eyes light up when they walk in the door and see the food because they are obviously hungry,” said Clem. “It’s been a real positive thing so far.”
Superintendent C.D. Morton commended Clem on her work with the cafeteria program.
“Mrs. Clem has really gone above and beyond to try and find ways to improve the image and improve the participation, along with helping with the funding,” said Morton. “This is a hard job. I hadn’t thought of this idea, but when we close the cafeteria and you still have all these kids coming in after it’s closed, it makes perfect sense. We need to be feeding those kids and now we are.”
Morton also commended Anderson, the custodial staff, kitchen staff and everyone involved in this new program.
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