KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The Kansas City public school district recently received A $500,000 grant to implement a meal program meant to help students do better in school.

It’s called “Breakfast in the Classroom” and instead of eating in a cafeteria, it’ll allow students to eat their first meal of the day in their classroom.

Initially the school district will implement this concept in 25 of their schools.

They’ve already done so in 6 schools including James Elementary.

School officials say, since allowing student to eat breakfast in the classroom, meal participation has gone up to 96 percent.

Operation Food Search says lack of awareness about school breakfast programs, lack of time to eat, and a stigma associated with the program are some of the reasons students don’t eat school breakfast when it’s served in the cafeteria.

The in-class model is meant to encourage all students to participate in breakfast by providing a more communal feel and is meant to make it possible for all children, no matter the family’s income level.

Operation Food Search says children who eat breakfast at school perform better on standardized tests and have increased attendance.

The program is designed to serve a nutritional breakfast that meets the current USDA nutritional standard.

The goal for the KCPS district is to use the grant to continue to roll the program out to every school within the district.

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