Commissioner’s Update – March 1, 2012

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Our work is all about supporting students so they can be successful in their learning and once they complete high school.

Sometimes that support comes in the most basic form: nutritious meals.

After all, a student who comes to school hungry is less likely to enter the classroom ready to learn and is more likely to spend time in the school nurse’s office. A student without access to nutritious food is less likely to be able to maintain a healthy weight, potentially causing lifelong problems related to obesity.

That’s why next week’s celebration of National School Breakfast Week is so important, and so aligned with our work of preparing all of our students for success in college, careers and civic life.

Every day in Maine, our schools serve breakfast to about 41,000 students who need it. As a result, those students can more easily focus on their school work, discover their passions and take charge of their learning so it’s relevant and engaging.

School Breakfast Week will bring attention to our schools that are giving students an extra nutritious boost in the morning, and help students learn about the importance and the advantages of a healthy breakfast.

— Stephen Bowen



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