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Waterman and Tolman Win School Breakfast Challenge

Top-Performing Schools Awarded $1,000 Each from No Kid Hungry


Principal DePalma accepts award and check, with First Gentleman Andy Moffit, Eleni Towns, and Commissioner Wagner
Waterman Principal Paul DePalma accepts a congratulatory citation and a $1,000 check from No Kid Hungry for his school's performance in the RI School Breakfast Challenge. Pictured with DePalma is First Gentleman Andy Moffit, Eleni Towns from No Kid Hungry, and Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - First Gentleman Andy Moffit and Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, today presented $1,000 checks to Daniel D. Waterman School in Cranston and William E. Tolman Senior High School in Pawtucket, winners of the 2018 Rhode Island School Breakfast Challenge.

From November 6, 2017, through May 4, 2018, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, the First Gentleman, and Commissioner Wagner challenged schools across the state to increase their participation in school breakfast programs. Of the 66 schools in 11 districts that participated, Waterman School was the Most Improved school in the grades K-8 category, and Tolman was the Most Improved in the high school category.

"As First Gentleman, I've focused on food insecurity, because I know that access to proper nutrition is a cornerstone to a healthy, happy, productive life. That is especially true for our students, who can only perform at their best when they have the strength and energy to apply themselves," said First Gentleman Andy Moffit. "I'm grateful to all of the schools that answered our challenge and committed to improving school breakfast participation, and I want to especially thank and congratulate this year's winners."

"The academic and lifelong success of our students is linked to, and truly dependent on, their overall well-being. If we neglect the importance of nutrition or physical and emotional health, we neglect the broader needs of our students," said Commissioner Ken Wagner. "I'm excited to see our partners in schools and districts across the state make nutrition a priority, and I look forward to a continued partnership in increasing student access to school meals."

Approximately 73,000 Rhode Island students participate in the School Lunch Program, but only 32,000 participate in the School Breakfast Program. The Rhode Island School Breakfast Challenge was designed to increase that number of school breakfasts served and give more students access to the proper nutrition they need to start their day.

The Challenge is supported by the No Kid Hungry campaign, run by the non-profit group Share Our Strength.

“We know that making breakfast a regular part of the school day is a critical step in ending childhood hunger in America," said No Kid Hungry Director Lucy Melcher. "We congratulate all the schools across the state that participated in this year's School Breakfast Challenge."

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Principal DePalma accepts award and check, with First Gentleman Andy Moffit, Eleni Towns, and Commissioner Wagner
Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner, Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott, Eleni Towns from No Kid Hungry and Tolman Principal Christopher Savastano celebrate Tolman's status as Most Improved high school in the RI School Breakfast Challenge.