Children who eat school breakfast show an increase in cognitive function, improvement in test scores, and better behavior, yet only 17% of all students across Massachusetts eat school breakfast.
Children who eat school breakfast show an increase in cognitive function, improvement in test scores, and better behavior, yet only 17% of all students across Massachusetts eat school breakfast. This is problematic for many reasons—one being that 232, 279 children live in food insecure households in Massachusetts.
“Everything Starts with School Breakfast”, developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program at Project Bread, intends to raise awareness about the positive role school breakfast plays in students’ everyday lives both inside and outside of the classroom. Filmed and produced by JJ Miller Productions, the video was shot at Medford High School and Medford’s Columbus Elementary School with student actors and actresses from both schools.
So far the video has had its intended impacts on students. Saida Osman, a Medford High School student actress tells us that since filming the video, “I now make a more conscious effort to eat breakfast in the morning and I can definitely say it has improved my overall energy in school”. Fourth grader, Emma Maganzini, another actress in the video, says “I learned that breakfast helps you stay healthy and have a good day.”
Elizabeth Batista, an actress in the film, became involved in the video because she wanted to help promote the importance of school breakfast. “As a busy parent, school breakfast helps take one thing off my to-do list. It helps out so much and I like it a lot.” The video’s producer, JJ Miller, worked with the Child Nutrition Outreach Program because he identified with the cause. “I chose to work the Child Nutrition Outreach Program because I felt like it was for a great cause. The video shares a positive message about an important program—no child should start their day hungry or distracted because they didn’t have access to a healthy school breakfast to start their day.”
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