For the 2008-2009 school year, Chattanooga Valley Elementary, Gilbert Elementary, LaFayette High, LaFayette Middle and Ridgeland High schools received plaques for the high number of students who chose to eat breakfast and lunch at school.
For breakfast, elementary schools must reach 57 percent, middle schools 40 percent and high schools 29 percent. For lunch, elementary schools are recognized for 89 percent, middle schools 90 percent and high schools 71 percent. These schools have among the highest percentages in the nation.
Coordinator of food services Michelle Coker said schools that earn this distinction share at least two common factors, including staff support for the program and the educational process and a wide variety of menu choices daily.