More than 35,000 kids around the state will get a healthier start to their day thanks to grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The United Dairy Industry of Michigan.
"The Building Healthy Communities Through Breakfast: First Fuel Breakfast Challenge" grants totaling $250,000 will go to 75 schools, including more than a-half-a-dozen in mid-Michigan--- to provide healthy breakfasts in more classrooms.
The selected schools will be able to customize the service to how they see fit; whether it's grab-and-go breakfast, breakfast vending machines, breakfast delivered to the classroom or breakfast in the bus loop, to name a few.
The grants will also help Michigan schools reach the Michigan Department of Education's First Fuel Breakfast Challenge goal of raising breakfast participation rates to at least 60 percent of its school lunch participation rates.
Studies show that students who eat breakfast score higher on standardized tests, have better attendance, are less tardy, behave better in class and are less likely to be obese or overweight.
Right now, only 86.7% of Michigan schools offer breakfast on site, ranking the state 35th nationally.
Schools in the mid-Michigan area getting these grants include:
- Charlotte Upper Elementary, 1068 Carlisle Highway, Charlotte
- Dimondale Elementary School, 330 Walnut Street, Dimondale
- Greyhound Intermediate School, 805 Greyhound Drive, Eaton Rapids
- Hope Middle School, 2020 Park Lane, Holt
- Ackerson Lake Community Education, 4126 Brooklyn Road, Jackson
- Ezra Eby Elementary School, 220 West Avenue, Napoleon
- Napoleon High School, 201 West Avenue, Napoleon
- Napoleon Middle School, 204 West Avenue, Napoleon
- Marshall Alternative High School, 14055 26 Mile Road, Albion