At Rossiter Elementary School, breakfast is served. It's part of the state-wide Breakfast After the Bell program, which Governor Bullock was just granted over $40,000 to expand.
Many students don't always get the chance to eat before school. At Rossiter Elementary School in Helena, nurse Candyce Kepler saw first-hand the effects of hungry students. She says, "I would get a lot of kids in my health room about 10 o'clock. Stomach ache, headache, just didn't feel good. No temperature, they were just hungry.
In the last year Rossiter has adopted the Breakfast After the Bell Program along with other schools in Helena and across the state. Candyce said she sees less hungry students in her office, and teachers say students are paying more attention in class. Governor Steve Bullock and his wife Lisa have just been given over $40,000 in grant money to expand the program across the state. Now, more Montana schools can see an improvement in student performance, all because of a little breakfast.
The new grant will help schools state-wide serve breakfast to over 5,000 additional students.