AASA Launches its School Governance & Leadership Publication: ‘Feeding Hungry Minds: Stories from the Field’


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – April 25, 2017 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, launched today its School Governance & Leadership publication, which highlights school districts across the country partnering with the organization to increase the numbers of students eating a healthy breakfast  in their respective communities.

The spring 2017 edition, “Feeding Hungry Minds: Stories from the Field” provides a variety of success stories about how communities are addressing this critical issue while increasing the number of students who are healthy, alert, in school and learning.

Since 2011, with funding from the Walmart Foundation, AASA has engaged 22 school districts in Alternative School Breakfast, a program aimed to increase the number of children who eat school breakfast. Administered by AASA’s Children’s Programs Department, students can take breakfast out of the cafeteria and into classrooms and hallways through Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab ‘n’ Go, and Second Chance options.

This edition focuses on the 11 school districts that are part of the 2015 breakfast cohort. They range in size from fewer than 1,500 students in Clayton, N.J., to more than 330,000 students in Chicago Public Schools.
The participating school districts are located in rural, suburban and urban communities. In just one school year across all 11 districts, cohort breakfast participation increased by 65 percent.
“In this issue, you will hear directly from school and community stakeholders who eagerly share their stories,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “[They share why they] support breakfast served in school classrooms and hallways, first thing in the morning or a little later.”

To learn more about alternative school breakfast, join the conversation on social media on May 3 at 8 p.m. EDT during #SuptChat, a monthly online conversation through Twitter, co-hosted by Illinois superintendents Nick Polyak (@npolyak), Mike Lubelfeld (@mikelubelfeld), and a guest host representing AASA’s Children’s Programs Department (@AASATotalChild).

Click here to access School Governance & Leadership. A printed version of this publication will be bundled with the May 2017 School Administrator, which is mailed May 15.

To learn more about AASA’s Alternative School Breakfast program, visit the AASA website.  

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.