Education Officials Look To Increase School Breakfast Participation
State officials say they want more Massachusetts public school students heading into classes in the morning with full stomachs.
They've teamed up to launch an initiative aimed at getting school districts to increase participation in school breakfast programs by 35 percent during the next two years.
They also want districts to offer healthier options on cafeteria menus.
The state says stats show 57 percent of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch don't eat breakfast at school.
Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says students who eat breakfast are better able to focus and also behave better.
His office says grants will be available to help schools fulfill the breakfast challenge. (Associated Press)