‘Play first’ lunch gaining ground in California school district

‘Play first’ lunch gaining ground in Pleasanton school district – San Jose Mercury News.

Should students go to recess before lunch or after lunch? The article at the link above says that seven of the nine elementary schools the Pleasanton school district have recess before lunch.

“Frank Castro, the district’s director of child nutrition services, introduced the program after speaking with other directors, visiting Hidden Hills and reading research — particularly from Montana where it is used throughout the state — about the benefits of the concept.

“I’ve always been aware of kids just rushing through lunch, throwing away food,” he said. “It’s been built into our culture that the kids just want to play.” Alisal Elementary School was the first to use the program. It began there at the end of the 2008-09 school year, and it was decided to continue it after school officials saw benefits, such as less food waste, decreased behavioral problems and better focus among students.”

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