Grant Helps Students Eat Free Breakfast
� West Rock/R. Jerome Ferraro
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Updated at 10:14 AM EDT
Prince George’s County Schools officially kicked off its classroom breakfast program.
Students in more than 720 classrooms now get free breakfast at the beginning of their first period class. It's all made possible by a $3 million grant from The Wal-Mart Foundation.
The district expanded its free breakfast to all students at 21 schools in April. The program is designed to improve grades and childhood development for all school children.
The district is among five major school districts across the country receiving a share of the grant.
The district reports 53 percent of its students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals but only 43 percent of its students use the program for breakfast.