Putnam County Students Go Back to School and Enjoy Free Breakfast
School is starting back up for students in the Upper Cumberland. One way to help make sure your kids have a good school year is to establish a morning routine and stick with it. Mornings can be stressful for parents and students, what with trying to wake up, get dressed and eat breakfast and gather everything to head off to school and work.
Eating a healthy breakfast can go a long way with helping students stay focused and concentrate during the day. Studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better in school, with better concentration and more energy. Breakfast eating kids are also usually healthier overall.
But did you know approximately 8 to 12 percent of all school-aged kids skip breakfast? What's more, by the time kids enter adolescence, as many as 20 to 30 percent of them have completely stopped eating breakfast.
As a way to try and remedy this, the Putnam County School System is making breakfast available each day at no cost to all students starting back to school for the 2016/2017 school year.
If you want your student to be able to take advantage of this great opportunity and you drive them to school in the mornings, plan to drop them off with plenty of time to spare so they can eat and then make their way to their class.
As in the past, there are free and reduced price lunch options for students as well, but for this program families must complete the application and qualify based on household income or special circumstances. Applications are to be completed each year, but only one application is necessary for each household.
This week, on WCTE's Get Ready to Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman sits down with Brenda Hughett, extended learning programs coordinator for PCSS. Hughett oversees extended learning, which includes LEAPs. Funded by grants received from the Tennessee Department of Education: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) and Lottery for Education Afterschool Programs (LEAPs), the goal of such programs is to provide academic enrichment activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular academics.
All activities are educationally based and must include services to students on an average of 15 hrs. per week. You may contact the Extended Learning Department at: 931-528-1847, ext. 1220.
During her most recent visit with Cindy on the Get Ready to Learn Show, Hughett shared another way that PCSS will be making a difference for students and families in the Upper Cumberland.
This fall, in the old airport office near Cookeville High School, there will be opening a Family Resource & Student Services Center. This is meant to be a one-stop shop for various resources, including disability issues, grief counseling, a food and clothing pantry. The new facility will be overseen by Melanie Bussell, PCSS Student Services Supervisor.