Burns: Students at St. Michael’s, Conemaugh Valley Junior/Senior High schools to benefit from $10,000 school breakfast grants

HARRISBURG, May 16 – A total of $10,000 in state grants will help ensure students at St. Michael’s and Conemaugh Valley Junior/Senior High schools will start their day with a good breakfast, thanks to the state’s School Breakfast Initiative, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced today.

St. Michael’s School and Conemaugh Valley Junior/Senior High School each will receive $5,000 grants through the program.

“It’s no secret that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and growing children need proper nutrition to grow, but also to perform well in the classroom,” Burns said. “This funding will allow our schools to either start or improve an existing breakfast program, so students can focus on their schoolwork, not on their empty stomachs.”

The state’s School Breakfast Initiative, which launched two years ago, allows schools to use the grants to implement or expand alternative breakfast options, including grab-and-go breakfasts, or breakfast in the classroom. Schools can also expand an existing breakfast program to include an alternative serving method.