We believe that healthy students are successful students.

student lunchThis is why it’s very exciting to see a new program in place, called the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a federal program that allows a community to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students in a school rather than collecting individual student applications.

Congrats to all Athens, TN city schools that are expanding their school day by 15 minutes and implementing this new program for free meals for their students. They have taken on this initiative and the community has come together to support this new school change to support the needs of their students.

Here are some of the reactions from school administrators and board members:

“Let us be innovative, not reactionary.” – School Board Member Amy Sullins

“Both of these moves – free meals and more time in class – are for the benefit of our students.” – Director of Schools Robert Greene

 “What fifteen minutes does is gives us more flexibility in the day without having to take things away from the kids in the regular program.” –  Supervisor of Exceptional Learning Janey Morris

“Our teachers have a job to do. I don’t think it’s my right to tell you how many hours a day you have in which to do that job…If I hear time is squeezed to get things done, that’s a problem. We need to make sure there is time to get things done and time for students to recharge their batteries through PE and recess in the day. It’s important. If our administrative council tells me more time is needed, then I don’t think we as a board can say no.” – School Board Member Chris Adams

Learn more about how more time can create more healthy, engaged students.