Monday, February 29, 2016

ICYMI: Seattle Times Op-Ed on Transformational Power of Breakfast

Hey fellow advocate – wanted to make sure you saw this piece from the Seattle Times today titled, “Serving a hungry child breakfast can transform a life.”

The op-ed was written by Rob McKenna (a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, former two-term Washington attorney general who also serves on the board of United Way of King County) and Jack Irion (superintendent of Yakima School District). It looks at the power school breakfast has to increase academic achievement, building stronger students and a stronger state.

“FROM Pullman to Ellensburg to Vancouver, hunger is a legacy of the Great Recession in our state. It is especially evident in schools where three out of four public-school teachers say that students regularly come to school hungry. Hungry students struggle to concentrate and face greater barriers to educational success. Luckily, this legislative session there is a simple and cost-effective solution proposed — it’s called Breakfast After the Bell.

Breakfast After The Bell legislation is necessary because it is a gap-closer. It works in schools where kids are furthest from educational and other forms of opportunity — where lots of children from low-income families and children of color are learning. …

Breakfast after the Bell would be a game-changer for the 25,000 students who would benefit from this legislation. That is why school leaders, parents, teachers, anti-hunger groups and dozens of others are urging our legislators to pass this legislation. The state House recently passed this important legislation, and we are calling on the Senate to follow its lead.”

Hungry kids in Washington need you. Please callemail and send Tweets to your Senators TODAY and urge them to support House Bill 1295, breakfast after the bell legislation. Together, we can build a stronger, smarter, healthier state!  

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