Students Put Culinary Skills to the Test for new Breakfast Initiative

Student Focus Groups Assist NECSD Breakfast Program Initiative

A focus group of students from Balmville Elementary School in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District put their culinary skills to the test as taste-testers for possible new breakfast foods as part of the NECSD’s Breakfast Program starting later this year.

The NECSD has been selected as a recipient of The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Superintendent Leadership to Expand the School Breakfast Program initiative. The district was one of eleven finalists from across the country. Through the initiative, all students in the NECSD will be eligible for free breakfast. The goal of the partnership is to increase school breakfast participation through the implementation of alternative school breakfast models. The anticipated start of the program is September 2015.

“I really want the students to have an investment in what they will be eating once the initiative commences later this year. A crucial step in getting our students to eat breakfast is to find meals that are healthy, yet also excite them. We have some great options for nutritious breakfast foods to be added to the menu and I look forward to having their input to evaluate what our students across the district want to eat,” explained Director of Food Services Caitlin Lazarski.

Photos and write up by Kerry Butrick, Media Relations Specialist for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District