Williamsport Elementary School Principal Jana Palmer and interim Schools Superintendent Stan Schaub attended a breakfast reception hosted by Gov. Martin O’Malley in Annapolis Wednesday morning to recognize schools that have found ways to combat childhood hunger.
At the start of the school year, Williamsport Elementary began a breakfast program in which children who want breakfast can get it in their classrooms at the start of the day, Palmer said.
For some children the breakfast is free, Palmer said. For children who don’t qualify for a free breakfast, the meal is paid for during lunch or ahead of time by parents. That way, no one knows who got a free or paid breakfast, she said.
During the last school year, students could pick up breakfast and take it back to their classrooms, Palmer said. But many students saw the line, and not wanting to wait, skipped breakfast, she said.
This year about 250 students on average are eating breakfast at the school, compared with a little more than 100 last school year, Palmer said.
Williamsport Elementary has about 600 students, about 40 percent of whom qualify for free and reduced-price meals, she said.
— Julie E. Greene