Incorporate information about the benefits and mechanics of universal in-classroom breakfast into professional development. Provide an example by sponsoring a breakfast with teachers and principals, accompanied by information about the importance of eating breakfast and its potential positive effects on students. Offer free breakfasts to the teachers. Point out ways they can use the time for administrative tasks or supplementary classroom activities.
Teachers can help by teaching students about the importance of breakfast and how eating breakfast helps them learn. Teachers can remind students about the availability of school breakfast and encourage them to pick up breakfast in the morning. When analyzing learning and behavioral difficulties, teachers can find out whether the student is eating breakfast. When teachers see improvements when students eat breakfast, they can reinforce the behavior and inform the principal.
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