Hawk Hangout offers breakfast

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos Middle School is preparing for the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) this month by offering an opportunity for students to eat breakfast prior to the start of the day.
The Hawk Hangout is Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting today beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will feature food, fun, music and activities to engage students to start the day on a positive note.
Summit Food Services Manager, Ian Tillotson has agreed to call his troops in a bit earlier to accommodate the idea brought to Principal Rex Kilburn by students last month.
As having breakfast prior to SBA testing is an additional bonus, the timing just seemed too perfect to pass up.
“Ian has been fantastic to work with these last few years,” Kilburn said. He goes out of his way to help students and he does the same when I go to him for ways for me to do things for the staff.”
Tillotson and his great staff work every morning at both Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School to provide service with a smile across the district.
The addition of a breakfast option as part of this pilot project just increases the amount of dedication his staff has to care for hungry children.
“It is extremely difficult for a hungry body to learn,” Tillotson said, “so it is with great enthusiasm we work to make this project successful.”
The food service staff will offer turkey sausage link, pancakes, French toast and fresh fruit for $2.50 and a cereal cup with milk and fruit for $1.50. Additional beverage purchases will also be available for purchase.
“Beginning the school day with a full and content stomach allows a student to focus and work better in class,” Kilburn said. “Food throughout the day in conjunction with a prior night’s good rest is a smashing combination and almost always produces a better and happier student.”
This nutritious endeavor falls just on the heels of national sleep week, which encourages the proper amount of rest for growing bodies. Information will be made available to students throughout the month on creating good sleep habits.
Kilburn has taken the youth suggestions from idea to fruition with the help of Summit Foods.
Community members interested in assisting with the breakfast needs of lower income students can contact the Prevention Office at 663-3252.