Group Looks to Expand School Breakfast Program in N.J.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Perth Amboy (N.J.) Public Schools appears to be an exception in a state in which most school districts serve breakfast to a fraction of its eligible students, including districts that have a high concentrations of children from low-income families.

Most school days, students are in a rush and often don’t have time to eat breakfast before getting to school.

That’s why Ashley Murphy, an eighth-grade student at William C. McGinnis Middle School in Perth Amboy, likes that her school district offers free breakfast in homeroom as part of the school day.

“It fills you so you’re not starving. You’re refreshed to do work,” said Murphy, who particularly likes the chocolate chip muffins sometimes offered as part of the ready-made breakfast choices.

“The breakfast helps you have more energy,” said Jeffrey Veliz, another eighth-grade student, who likes the brain teasers and word search puzzles included in the packaging. “It’s fun.”

Eighth-grade teacher Janet Greve said the students eat cereal or muffins, juice or milk, sometimes applesauce or goldfish crackers as part of their breakfast during homeroom.

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