Norris District a winner in statewide School Breakfast Challenge

Norris District a winner in statewide School Breakfast Challenge

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Norris School District has been selected as the Tier One (school districts with over 350 students) Third Place winner for the Nebraska School Breakfast Challenge. The initiative is sponsored by Hunger Free Heartland and the state of Nebraska’s Department of Education nutrition services.  

The district extends its gratitude to our Food Service Director Linda Truscott and Middle School Kitchen Manager Jody Null, who have spearheaded efforts that have driven participation numbers to nearly 300 on some days for what has proven to be a hugely popular “Grab N Go” breakfast program for grades 5 through 8.  The program features a convenient, bag-based “grab it and go” that is scheduled mid-morning to provide students with needed nutrition in a convenient manner that can be consumed during their LITT time.  Said Middle School Kitchen Manager Jody Null,  “It is a great honor for us receiving this reward and recognition for our district.  Linda Truscott has put much time and effort in doing this for our students.”

The district’s efforts will be recognized and success celebrated in an awards ceremony at the Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids Summit on March 28th at the Center For People in Need Conference Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In addition to receiving a special certificate, Norris will be presented a check in the amount of $1,300. The Norris School District will also be included in press releases sent out to media outlets throughout the state.

Middle School Principal Mary Jo Rupert described the success of the initiative as attributable to “Having everyone involved: teachers, food service personnel, custodians, students and administration were determined to make Grab N’ Go successful.”  She continued, “We went into this knowing there would be challenges that would need to be addressed, and we didn’t get discouraged but worked through them and now successfully serve an average of 250 Grag N’ Go meals each day.”

Norris Superintendent Dr. John Skretta said “The emerging research in the education field has identified a strong positive correlation between breakfast consumption and academic performance.  It’s not a surprise: students who eat a healthy breakfast are more engaged, alert, and attentive. They are ‘learning-ready’ because they have healthy food to fuel their achievement.”