Breakfast After the Bell: Healthier Kids and Healthier Budgets

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Breakfast After the Bell:  Healthier Kids and Healthier Budgets

By Jon Barry (Director, No Kid Hungry Missouri)

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Today, like most weekday mornings, I made my breakfast and coffee and read the day’s news.  On the same morning, millions of kids across America went to school without breakfast.

 

In Missouri, approximately 50 percent of our students come from low-income and food-insecure households and rely on a free or reduced price lunch each day.  However, of those kids, less than half of them are eating breakfast at school.  Too many of these students miss out on breakfast because it is served before they arrive, or they do not want to face the stigma of eating alone in the cafeteria.

 

In April 2016, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the launch of No Kid Hungry Missouri to immediately tackle these hunger issues, he stated, “Child hunger is a serious problem – but it’s a solvable one. The No Kid Hungry Missouri campaign will work to break down the barriers that stand between kids and the nutrition they need to grow up healthy and strong.”

 

School breakfast is important for all kids regardless of their economic situation.   No kid Hungry partnered with Deloitte to conduct a social impact analysis which found that kids who eat breakfast at school are 20 percent more likely to graduate!

The best way to increase participation in school breakfast is by switching to a breakfast after the bell service model.  Whether it’s “Breakfast in the Classroom” for elementary kids, “Grab-n-Go Breakfast” for middle school students, or a “Second Chance Breakfast” for high school students, breakfast after the bell makes sense.  It leads to better health and educational outcomes for kids, and it means healthier budgets for schools.

One school in southeast Missouri went from 17 to 86 percent participation in breakfast within two months!  Imagine what a similar increase in participation rates could do for your students, your nutrition programs, and your revenues.  The more breakfasts served equals lower per-unit costs and greater reimbursement income.

The No Kid Hungry Breakfast Challenge offers funding to qualified schools to help offset the costs of making the switch.  Schools with a free-and-reduced-eligible population of at least 60 percent can apply for funding up to $3,000 to cover the cost of equipment like rolling carts, kiosks, and insulated bags. Applications are due no later than September 30, 2016. You can learn more about the Breakfast Challenge and complete your application by visiting us as http://dss.mo.gov/NoKidHungryMO.

Thanks to our partnership with the Midwest Dairy Council and Share Our Strength, we are happy to offer incentives to the highest performing schools.  As part of the Breakfast Challenge, participating schools that see the highest increases in breakfast participation over the school year will be eligible for awards of up to $1,000.

I want to end childhood hunger in our great state.  I hope you will join me.


National PTA Adopts Bylaws Revision at 2016 Convention

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National PTA Adopts Bylaws Revision at 2016 Convention
In March 2014, the National PTA Board of Directors authorized a revision of the National PTA Bylaws. The purpose of the bylaws revision was to update and bring into alignment the governing documents of the association to reflect current practices and better serve the association in the future. At the 2016 National PTA Convention & Expo,  the voting delegation adopted the National PTA Revised Bylaws.
View the National PTA Bylaws adopted June 30, 2016.
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Major Changes in the Revised Bylaws
  • Clarification of the membership structure of PTA in terms of local, state and national levels
  • Update the committee structure and composition to streamline the work of committees and remove any overlapping responsibilities of various committees, some committee names were changed as well
  • Modification of the eligibility requirements to serve in National PTA governance positions
  • Clarification of the process for election as it relates to nominations from the floor, referred to as “self-nominations”
  • Changed the structure of and renamed the National Council of States to the National Constituent Association Advisory Council (NCAAC)
  • Increase the number of delegates for each state constituent association by five delegates at the annual meeting
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What’s Next?
The National PTA Revised Bylaws took effect at the end of the 2016 National PTA Annual Convention & Expo, with the exception of amendments pertaining to standing committees. The standing committee revisions will take effect at the start of the 2017-2019 term. 
For more information, visit pta.org/bylaws.
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National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org

Do You Want to Be a National PTA Leader?

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Do You Want to Be a National PTA Leader?
National PTA’s Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) is seeking candidates to stand for election in June 2017 for the following national leadership positions:

  • President-Elect (2017-2019 term)
  • Vice President for Advocacy (2017-2019 term)
  • Vice President for Membership (2017-2019 term)
  • Secretary-Treasurer (2017-2019 term)
  • Eight member representatives for the National PTA Board of Directors (2017-2019 term)
  • Two members for the Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee* (2017-2020 term)
National PTA elections are held at our annual convention. The next elections will be in Las Vegas, June 22-25, 2017. NLDC is accepting Letter of Interest Applications Aug. 15 through Oct. 1. You MUST be a PTA member at the time of submission.
PLEASE NOTE: You can also use this application to be considered for appointment to a National PTA committee. 
Completed Letter of Interest Applications must be submitted online on or before 11:59 p.m. PDT (3 a.m. EDT), Sat., Oct. 1, 2016. Emailed and faxed documents will not be accepted. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
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Webinar on new online application process
Join the Nominating and Leadership Development  Committee (NLDC) for a webinar on the new online Letters of Interest Application Process, Wed., Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EDT.  Registration will open next week.
Questions?
Contact the NLDC at LeadershipDevelopment@PTA.org or (703) 518-1251.
Need more information?
For a description of leadership responsibilities, visit PTA.org/LeaderRoles. For more info about the National PTA leadership, visit PTA.org/Governance.
Please forward this information to your constituents, local units, councils, PTA friends and other qualified individuals. 
*Per the current National PTA Bylaws adopted June 30, 2016, the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) name will change to the Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee (NLRC), effective July 1, 2017.
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org

Webinar Supporting Hispanic Student’s Success

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Webinar: Supporting Hispanic Students’ Success
When: Sept. 15, 2016
Time for webinar in Spanish: 1 p.m. EST—Register Now
Time for webinar in English: 7 p.m. EST— Register Now
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Twenty-five percent of students today are Hispanic, and Hispanic children and youth are the fastest-growing population in America. We know that Hispanic and Latino parents want the best for their children and want to be engaged, but there are cultural and language barriers that make it challenging.
As Hispanic families head back to school, it is important they are equipped with tools and resources to help their children start strong and stay on track to success.
In this webinar, you will: 
  • Gain knowledge of the impact of family engagement on student success and ways to support Hispanic and Latino children’s learning and development in school, at home and in the community.
  • Learn how to advocate for a quality and equitable education to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.
Moderator:  
  • Geronimo M. Rodriguez Jr., 2015-2017 National PTA board member
Speakers:
  • Margaret R. (Peggy) McLeod, Ed.D, deputy vice president, education and workforce development, National Council of La Raza and White House appointee as a member on the board of directors of the National Board for Education Sciences
  • Jo-Ann Rullan, director, community empowerment initiatives, Univision Communications Inc.
  • Adriana Flores-Ragade, partnership director, social impact, Univision Communications Inc.
Questions?
Contact Armen Alvarez, National PTA multicultural membership development manager, for more info.
It is a top priority of National PTA to ensure all families in all communities are welcomed, supported and engaged in their children’s education, which is proven to make a difference for student success. Univision Communications and Common Sense Media are key allies in our efforts to better serve and reach Hispanic families.
Download the Spanish version of this invitation and share with your Spanish-speaking audiences.
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National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org
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