Back in November, Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr. visited Patrick E. Bowe School to check out the Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) Program in action! He was joined by Mayor Richard Kos, Food Service Director Joanne Lennon, Principal David Drugan, and Laura Sylvester from the Western MA Food Bank. He was very impressed with the program, and delighted to find that over 90% of students eat breakfast before they began their studies each day. Senator Humason is a strong believer in the importance of beginning the school day with a full stomach. The Bowe School Nurse pointed out that there has been a decrease in visits to her office as a result of the program, which shows that it is working to curb hunger and improve energy and focus in the classroom. During his visit, the Senator passed through many Bowe classrooms and solicited student opinions about the program and breakfast options. All the students reported that they were happy with the food choices available through BIC. Moreover, classrooms were very quiet and students were engaged in writing or reading as they ate their breakfasts. It’s a win win situation for all!
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The ChicopeeFRESH team is a group of creative individuals who are working to feed Chicopee students healthy, local and FRESH foods each day.