Westwind Elementary begins serving free breakfasts in classrooms to all students

Students at Westwind Elementary School began eating breakfast in their classrooms Monday morning as part of the Universal-Free School Breakfast Program.

The federal program is an addition to the school breakfast program, said Joyce Trevino, food services director for Frenship Independent School District and Aramark.

Trevino said studies show about 35 percent of students participate in school breakfasts in the cafeteria, while about 85 percent of students participate when offered meals in the classroom.

Todd Newberry, principal of Westwind Elementary School, said schools must qualify with a certain percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunches in order to offer free breakfasts to all students in the classrooms.

Trevino said that the threshold for that program is 40 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced meals.

Westwind has 61 percent of its students qualifying for free and reduced lunches, but it is not the only Frenship school to qualify. Willow Bend Elementary School has 75 percent of its students qualifying, while Bennett Elementary School has 40 percent. Crestview, North Ridge and Oak Ridge have 20 percent, 35 percent and 16 percent respectively. As a district, 36 percent of Frenship’s students qualify for free or reduced meals.

Trevino said there are other schools in the area that also provide the breakfast in the classroom program, including some Lubbock ISD and Roosevelt ISD schools.

Newberry said he served as principal at another school which served breakfast to all students, and that makes the transition to the new program easier.

“The whole premise is to make sure everyone has a healthy breakfast, no matter income,” Newberry said.

Students lined up for carts in the hallways at Westwind on Monday, and then took their food into the classes to eat during announcements. Each grade level had a breakfast cart in the hallway, with fourth- and fifth-grade classes sharing a cart in a common hallway.

“We had them lined up and they were excited,” Newberry said. “I think it’s going to be good for our kids.”

Frenship ISD free and reduced numbers
Bennett Elementary School: 40 percent
Crestview Elementary School: 20 percent
North Ridge Elementary School: 35 percent
Oak Ridge Elementary School: 16 percent
Westwind Elementary School: 61 percent
Willow Bend Elementary School: 75 percent
Frenship Middle School: 36 percent
Heritage Middle School: 30 percent
Terra Vista Middle School: 41 percent
Frenship High School: 25 percent
Reese Education Center: 40 percent
FISD total: 36 percent

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