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PA Education Secretary Emphasizes Importance of Breakfast for Student Performance
Date:3/24/2009

he sees, first hand, the benefits that have occurred within his school district.

"At Ben Franklin Elementary, serving breakfast in the classroom seems to have a calming effect on the students," Lloyd said. "Teachers are finding the students to be more attentive, better behaved and ready to learn after they have had breakfast. Tardiness has decreased as well as absenteeism. The nurse reports that there are fewer visits before lunch due to hunger related headaches and stomach aches."

"Especially in these troubled economic times, more and more families are experiencing difficulties in keeping their children adequately nourished," said Joseph A. Quattrocchi, executive director of the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center. "The School Breakfast Program is a local resource - responding to the needs of children who otherwise might not get the most important meal of the day - ensuring that a well-fed student is one who is better prepared to learn."

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