Virginia’s First Lady declares Metz Middle ‘breakfast challenge’ winner

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Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe recently paid a visit to Metz Middle in Manassas to award the school for its increased participation in school breakfast programs as part of the Virginia Breakfast Challenge.

The school will receive $2,500 to support equipment for its nutrition program and an additional $4,000 to support technological enhancements or field trips, according to a school division press release.

Metz, Manassas City’s only middle school, achieved a “drastic increase” in the number of students eating breakfast at school after implementing the Second Chance Breakfast Program in 2015, the press release said.

The option allows students a second opportunity to eat breakfast outside the normal breakfast hours, which is particularly beneficial to students who have a late lunch schedule, the press release said.

According to Metz Principal Kimberly Buckheit, the school served about 600 meals during the Virginia Breakfast Challenge’s 2016 session compared to just 100 meals during the same period in 2015. McAuliffe called the increase “phenomenal” during her visit to the school on April 25. She was accompanied by state Sen. Jeremy McPike, D-29th, the press release said.

The challenge ran as part of No Kid Hungry Virginia, a public-private partnership to end childhood hunger launched in 2011. The partnership is an effort by McAuliffe, the Virginia Departments of Health and Education and other organizations, the press release said.