SEAFORD, Del. - Whether or not it's true, a lot of people like to call breakfast the most important meal of the day.
Delaware leaders are now pushing for students to break their fast inside the classroom. Currently in the Seaford School District, students are already allowed to eat breakfast in the classroom, which officials say can have a significant impact on their academic performance and want to spread the practice to other districts.
According to the lieutenant governor Matt Denn's office, Delaware ranks 22nd in the country with respect to the percentage of income-eligible students who eat breakfast at school.
Since beginning the classroom breakfastprogram in January, Denn says Blades Elementary has increased its breakfast participationby 12 percent.
"Seaford has really been hit harder than any other part of the state in terms of economic downturn in last several years, so there are a lot of kids in this area who could really use the help," said Denn.
Officials at West Seaford Elementary say they have seen a 25 percent increase in students eating breakfast in the first three months of the program.
Wednesday was CentralElementary's first day of offering breakfast in the classroom and Frederick Douglass will follow on March 31st.