Marshall High students join the breakfast club

Photo by Karin Elton Marshall High School students rushed the second chance breakfast carts Wednesday between blocks one and two and picked up apple slices, a banana-chocolate chip muffin, cheese stick and a milk or juice. The carts are courtesy of a “Super School Breakfast” grant in partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60, a school nutrition and exercise program launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL in collaboration with the USDA.

MARSHALL — In the rush to get to school students may skip breakfast or maybe there simply isn’t much food in the cupboard that day. Whatever the reason, Marshall Public Schools students are getting a second chance to grab some grub.

Thanks to a $10,000 “Super School Breakfast” grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, cafeteria workers can now offer breakfast items in the halls after the first class of the day.

The “Super School Breakfast” grant money was received last winter and Taher Food Service Director Lori Fruin was able to buy $9,200 worth of refrigerated coolers and carts for Marshall Public Schools.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund is a part of the Minnesota Community Foundation. Working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program, the Legacy Fund is providing 52 grants to 52 community projects across Minnesota over the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII.

“It’s a good partnership,” said Bruce Lamprecht, business services director, who donned a cape and milk mustache sticker to celebrate the grant Wednesday morning. “It’s been a boon for our kids having that opportunity to take advantage of breakfast. We’re pleased to be a recipient.”

The money was used for refrigerated carts for every school in the district. At first there was one cart station and then it has expanded to three. The administration wants to have picking up the food to be as efficient as possible so the students can get to their classrooms in a timely manner.

Fruin, Lyon County Commissioner Charlie Sanow and Allison Steffenhagen from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund also wore capes to emphasize the “super” part of the super bowl. They handed out stickers and congratulated students for eating breakfast.

Steffenhagen said studies have shown that “eating breakfast boosts reading and math scores.”

Fruin said students may eat breakfast at the school for free, but if they miss it — they can take part in the second chance breakfast.

Principal Brian Jones said sometimes kids are late getting to the breakfast line.

“Sometimes eating breakfast is a challenge for bus riders to be able to get here on time to eat it,” he said. “This gives kids the opportunity to grab something in between blocks one and two so they’re not hungry sitting in class and all they can think about is how hungry they are. We have two lines upstairs and two lines downstairs. We’ve done it since last April and it continues to grow.”

Teachers have noticed their students are more alert in the classroom after eating breakfast.

“My students struggle to stay awake if they do not get their second chance breakfast,” said Kelsea Anderson, a language arts teacher. “They love it. I really like this. This gives them the boost they need to get to lunch.”