Category Archives: Success Stories

Celebrating Breakfast After the Bell

September 21, 2020 / Success Stories

After a three-year campaign, we’ve finally achieved our goal: students at-risk of hunger in Massachusetts will have access to Breakfast After the Bell! In August, Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation into law to alleviate childhood hunger and ensure more kids start school with a healthy breakfast, making Massachusetts the 13th state in the nation to pass such a law. An […]

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Snap, Crackle, and Pop at the Massachusetts State House

May 17, 2018 / Success Stories

On Thursday, May 10th, 2018, Rise and Shine Massachusetts members fanned out across the State House, delivering cereal boxes stuffed full of testimonies from children on why school breakfast matters to them to each legislative office. Wheaties, Cheerio’s and Life boxes were filled to the brim with these testimonies and information on the pending Breakfast […]

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Springfield: Overcoming “Adult Issues” To Achieve Student Success

December 19, 2017 / Success Stories

“If this seems commonsense, that is because it was.” Over the past three years, Springfield Public Schools (SPS) has rolled out breakfast programming in over fifty schools, providing a healthy meal to start the school day for nearly 17,000 students. Patrick Roach, Springfield Public Schools’ Chief Financial and Operations Officer, spoke simply about the benefits […]

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Salem: Breakfast After the Bell Bewitches Students

October 17, 2017 / Success Stories

Massachusetts currently ranks 39th in the nation for breakfast participation; Salem Public Schools hopes to change that by leading the effort for improved childhood nutrition. A flagship city of the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education By All Means: Redesigning Education to Restore Opportunity initiative, Salem has taken an innovative, comprehensive approach to identifying and […]

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Boston: Breakfast Perks Up Perkins Elementary Students

July 13, 2017 / Success Stories

At the Michael J. Perkins Elementary School, in Boston, Principal Craig Martin operates a successful Breakfast After the Bell program. With 94% of Perkins students eligible for free and reduced-price meals, the school’s robust breakfast program ensures that all students are starting their day on a full stomach. Perkins’ commitment to food security for their […]

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Holyoke: Breakfast in the Classroom Success

May 25, 2017 / Success Stories

Nine schools in Holyoke participate in Breakfast in the Classroom. This year, eight of those schools won the Healthy Start Award for regularly achieving more than 80% participation. Because of the hard work of the educators in Holyoke, nearly 4,000 students now eat breakfast every school day.   “The transition to Breakfast in the Classroom […]

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