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Abilene ISD breakfast program grows to the classroom

Published On: Nov 27 2012 10:13:28 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 28 2012 08:28:49 AM CST

The breakfast program in the Abilene ISD is expanding and moving from the cafeteria to the classroom. Dubbed the "Fuel Up First" initiative, it provides free breakfast to participating schools.

Joann Knox, director of children nutrition, would like to see it happen across the district.

"I would like to see a middle school at some point, because that's a big challenge," Knox said.

Although there is no mandate for all campuses to get involved, some need it more than others.

"We do have some targeted schools," Knox said. "They're targeted because of their economic disadvantage."

The district spends a little more money to make the program most feasible.

"The food items that we have in the classroom cost a little more, because we try to get then pre-packaged," Knox said.

Knox feels the growth will continue because of the affect it's having on students.

"The results from student tardies and absents, visits to the nurse and productivity all were positive," Knox said.

Another favorite outcome to the fuel up first initiative is teaching social graces.

"I actually heard a teacher talking about you know table manners and classroom manners and I thought that's great," Knox said.

Despite its limitations, Knox said the goal is to grow.