STOW — It isn’t rocket science that children with a full belly will learn better than those with an empty belly.

So the Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education is weighing the possibility of starting a Breakfast After the Bell in the district’s nine school buildings.

The federal program is sponsored by No Kid Hungry and encourages districts to provide breakfast or snacks early in the school day.

Board Member Jason Whitacre said at the school board’s Sept. 9 meeting that the program can encourage children to eat breakfast.

"There may be some logistical issues, but they could be worked out," Whitacre said.

Board member Lisa Johnson-Bowers said that Breakfast After the Bell "was a great idea," adding she would like to see teachers get involved with their ideas.

"I would really like to get the faculty involved," Johnson-Bowers said. "I think they have ideas that can work."

One caution, Board Member Gerry Bettio said, was to make sure the breakfast items were quality and not loaded with sugar.

"There is nothing productive about filling a kid with sugar at 9:30," Bettio said. "They’ve crashed by 11:30. I believe in providing the breakfast, but I would like to look over the choices."

Superintendent Tom Bratten suggested setting up an anonymous survey for staff to complete, which the board members agreed to.

Robert Gress, director of operations, said he could turn around the results of the survey quickly.

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