Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) continues to increase the number of healthy breakfast served to its 36,000 students each school day. Thirty-six schools were named Breakfast All Stars for increasing student participation levels over the previous school year.
"School breakfast provides a convenient option for families in the morning. Instead of scrambling to feed hungry students before school, parents can rest assured that the district’s food service department will offer a balanced, nutrient-rich meal," said CPS Food Service Director Jessica Shelly.
Three schools hit the platinum level with 80 percent of students eating breakfast: Rising Stars at Carthage, Roberts Academy and Rising Stars at Westwood.
Twelve schools reached the gold level with 70-79 percent of students eating breakfast. They include: Academy of World Languages School, Cheviot School, Fredrick Douglass School, Ethel M. Taylor Academy, Mt. Airy School, Mt. Washington School, Rees E. Price Academy, Rising Stars at Vine, Roll Hill School, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, Silverton Paideia Academy and Taft Elementary.
Earning a silver award for 60-69 percent of students eating breakfast: Carson School, College Hill Academy, Hays Porter School, John P. Parker School, LEAP Academy, Midway School, Pleasant Hill Academy, Roselawn Condon School, Rising Stars at Ezzard Charles, South Avondale School, Westwood School, Winton Hills Academy and Woodford Paideia Academy.
At the bronze level with 50-59 percent of students eating breakfast: Bond Hill Academy, Evanston Academy, Hartwell School, Oyler School, Parker Woods Montessori, Rockdale Academy and Sayler Park School.
Research shows that students who eat breakfast perform better in school, get higher test scores and show better behavior. Students who eat school breakfast have been shown, on average, to attend 1.5 more days of school per year and score 17.5 percent higher on standardized math tests.
All recipients will receive a "Breakfast All-Star Banner" from the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge at the 2019 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference in November.
The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge mission is to increase and sustain student participation in the School Breakfast Program, ensuring Ohio students start each day ready to learn. The Ohio Department of Education, American Dairy Association Mideast, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Ohio Action for Healthy Kids and Ohio School Nutrition Association are proud sponsors of the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.
More information about the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.