Bringing home "gold" served as a driving force for Central High School, one of 24 high schools vying in this year's Colorado School Breakfast Challenge, called the 2012-13 Breakfast Games.
The initiative, supported by Gov. John Hickenlooper, challenged the invited schools to bolster student participation in their breakfast programs during the 2012-13 school year. Central High School excelled, winning "silver" along with a $2,000 prize.
"One in five children in Colorado is at risk of hunger and a recent Share Our Strength survey showed that three in five teachers say children regularly come to school hungry," said Summer Gathercole, director of Share Our Strength Colorado. "After-the-bell models make school breakfast more accessible and ensure our students are prepared to learn each day."
The 2012-13 Breakfast Games began in September 2012 and ran through January 2013 with the 24 high schools competing in three categories. All schools experienced increases, but the top two schools with the highest overall participation rate in each category were crowned champions.
The annual Colorado School Breakfast Challenge is hosted by the Colorado No Kid Hungry campaign, a statewide, public-private initiative of Hunger Free Colorado, Share Our Strength and the Office of Governor John Hickenlooper. Together, the campaign partners are working to ensure that all children have nutritious food at home, at school and in their communities.
The campaign's comprehensive five-year plan details 10 goals to end child hunger by 2015, with one focused on the statewide expansion of the School Breakfast Program. This program, funded by the USDA, offers students with a healthy start to each school day.