CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The kids in Miss Crownshaw's 8th grade literature class at Alexander Graham Middle School recently got a hard sell from their principal.
Bob Folk wants every student to stop at the school cafeteria each morning to eat a free breakfast. It’s part of the district's new program to promote better learning in school through proper nutrition.
"I think the hard sell is to actually have them come in to the cafeteria to try something new, different, at school versus at home," said Folk, the principal at Alexander Graham Middle School.
Val Ardrey agrees. She is in charge of the cafeteria at the school, and gave her best pitch with a smile and a nod.
"Listen, my food is better than your moms," she said laughing.
So far Ardrey’s encouraged about 30 more kids a day to eat breakfast at the Alexander Graham cafeteria compared to last year.
Ardrey says kids who stop by and try the new breakfasts at the school usually come back.
Choices range from a grab and go pack including a cereal bar and graham cracker to a hot egg sandwich.
Juice, milk and even soy milk are also available at no cost to every CMS student in the district.
So far, CMS says about one in four students is taking advantage of the free breakfasts.