Think You Know School Breakfast? Think Again! Part 3: Coffee Bar
It’s National School Breakfast Week and we’re taking the opportunity to showcase three successful and unique programs throughout the week that are trying to reach more students with school breakfast.
Michigan schools served more than 64 million breakfasts to about 380,000 students in the 2017-2018 school year. But we can do more! Michigan has a goal to increase breakfast participation by 2,000 students per day by June 30, 2019. This is because the Michigan Office of Health and Child Nutrition Services believes that well-nourished students are vital for us to become a top 10 education state in 10 years.
Why? Research shows school breakfast enhances students’ readiness for learning and improves their classroom behaviors. There is a link between regular access to school breakfast and a reduction in tardiness to class, improved memory and on-task behavior during lessons, fewer visits to school nurses or clinics and even higher scores on tests of mathematics and English language arts.
Today we have the story of a high school that serves breakfast items and coffee from a dedicated coffee bar.
Corunna High School – Coffee Bar
Food service staff ready to serve students breakfast and coffee.
How do you appeal to teenagers who have lots of breakfast options open to them? Find something that meets their needs and is on trend. Corunna High School in the Corunna Public School District has done just that with their new coffee bar that opened in January located in the high school media center.
The administration at Corunna has a goal to make the high school media center a ‘hub’ for students to gather before and after school, according to Jillian Wensel, director of dining services. The coffee bar is one aspect to give the high school building a more modern feel and entice students to stay.
“The students at first were very surprised,” says Wensel. “They had seen the furniture installed earlier in the year but didn’t believe it was really happening!”
The coffee bar offers coffee, café latte, café mocha and flavored latte, hot tea and hot cocoa. Lattes and cocoa are made with milk. Currently, the only breakfast items being served at the coffee bar are Poptart’s and cereal bars. Wensel plans to expand that to fruit and yogurt parfaits, homemade muffin tops and yogurt in the near future.
One challenge to the coffee bar is the short amount of time the students are in the building before class, but the students and staff are supportive of the option and want it to succeed.