Three of the Abbey Group’s schools have won the second round of the Vermont Breakfast After the Bell Challenge.
The challenge — a collaboration between Hunger Free Vermont and the New England Dairy and Food Council — encourages schools to increase breakfast participation by at least 20 percent by moving breakfast after the bell, according to Hunger Free Vermont’s website.
Highgate Elementary School, Missisquoi Valley Union High School and North Country Union Junior High School will be receiving “Breakfast After the Bell Champion” banners to proudly display in their schools.
Schools win the award by having high participation in the National School Breakfast Program.
Highgate Elementary’s breakfast participation grew 117 percent; MVU’s increased by 642 percent; and North Country saw 118 percent growth.
On an average day, 65 percent of Highgate Elementary’s population eats breakfast. At MVU, that population is 89 percent. Coming in a bit lower, 37 percent of North Country’s population eats breakfast at school.
Press conferences will come at the schools.