Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and the Let’s Do Breakfast, Oregon! partners would like to congratulate the 32 schools that participated in the 2015 November School Breakfast Challenge! Overall, Challenge schools grew their student participation in the School Breakfast Program by 24 percent from last year!
The following schools saw the biggest jump in participation in November from their last year’s average, and were awarded prizes:
- 1st Place Winner, Adrian Elementary, Adrian School District, 181 percent increase
- 2nd Place, Al Kennedy Alternative High School, South Lane School District, 158 percent increase
- Honorable Mention, Hines Middle School, Harney County School District 118 percent
In addition, Baker Middle School of Baker School District received the Spirit Award for their special efforts to engage students and the community through the School Breakfast Program! Baker’s Nutrition Services hosted a breakfast event during the Challenge and invited the district Mascot, the Baker Bulldog, and community health educators from OSU Extension Services to help celebrate the importance of breakfast for student health. They also invited the Baker City Herald to attend and were successful in getting the word out about their breakfast program.
By collectively serving over 83,000 school breakfasts during the one-month competition, every school in the Challenge made huge strides on reaching more kids. On average, 24 percent of all enrolled students in Oregon eat school breakfast; among the Breakfast Challenge schools, however, the number reached 38 percent!
The Let’s Do Breakfast, Oregon! partnership, including The Oregon Dairy Council and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition programs, is proud to support schools that ensure students receive the nutrition they need to start the day ready to learn. Stay tuned for the next Challenge in November of 2016!