“Breakfast Bananza” Helps Taft Elementary Launch New Breakfast Program

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Breakfast is about to be B-A-N-A-N-A-S at William H. Taft Elementary. Through a new community partnership with Amazon’s Rise & Smile initiative, all students can enjoy an enhanced breakfast that will help them focus and do their best throughout the school day.

An example of the “grab and go” breakfast cart that will be housed at Taft Elementary.

“Research shows that eating breakfast can improve academic performance,” said Dr. Jonathan Brown, principal at Taft Elementary. “This program will ensure our students get a good breakfast so they are ready to learn.”

To kick off the program, employees from Amazon’s CVG3 fulfillment center in Hebron, Ky., surprised first- and second-graders with a “Breakfast Bananza” party. Acting as “Banistas,” Amazon employees led students through activities and games to emphasize the importance of eating a nutritious breakfast. Students decorated bananas and competed in teams to answer trivia questions about breakfast, with everyone on the winning team receiving a Fire 7 tablet as a prize.

“Supporting education and our youth’s ability to thrive to be future innovators is important to Amazon and our community,” said Matt Rawlings, general manager at Amazon CVG3.

Taft Elementary students could decorate their individual bananas with their favorite breakfast foods.

While breakfast programs are common in schools across the country, many are under-utilized because not all students are able to arrive to school early enough for breakfast, or there is a stigma associated with eating school breakfast. Created in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program, Rise & Smile aims to supplement school breakfast programs with “grab and go” and other options that create more access to breakfast.

Taft Elementary is among 100 schools in the United States to receive a breakfast program enhancement grant through Rise & Shine. Amazon’s CVG3 fulfillment center is working to bring the program to other schools in Greater Cincinnati.

Read more and keep up with the great things happening at Taft Elementary at taftelementary.cps-k12.org.

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