School district will try out breakfast program at Ocean City Intermediate School

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OCEAN CITY – To make sure students start the day off with breakfast, Rachel DeVault, who leads the Ocean City School District’s food service program, said the district will try a four-week pilot program beginning mid-May.

DeVault explained “Breakfast Before the Bell” at the Wednesday, April 24 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education. She said it would offer a healthy breakfast to students at the Ocean City Intermediate School.

“We had some complaints from the students that they were hungry,” DeVault said.

The pre-packaged breakfast would be delivered to classrooms before the students arrive, on a cart, first thing in the morning. The package would include juice, fruit and granola.

“Students arrive at 7:30,” she said. “They have 10 minutes to get to their classrooms.”

DeVault said that time goes by too quickly to offer a full breakfast in the cafeteria, but there is enough time for the breakfast product to be delivered to classrooms.

“They have breakfast in their classrooms,” she said.

“We’re going to start with the eighth grade, the idea is to pilot the program with the students who have been crying for the program,” she said. “If it’s successful, we’ll implement it at all levels.”

DeVault said she would devise a formal proposal to take the program district-wide. She said a similar program is being discussed for Ocean City High School students, as well.

Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said the program is offered at a lot of schools throughout the nation.

Students who receive reduced or free lunches would not be charged for their breakfast, but students who do not would pay.

“We’re going to try the pilot, to see if there is an interest,” she said. “We’re going to see if the student’s like it.”

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