Elementary and middle school students participated in a trial run of the AAFES school breakfast program June 5, 2018, at the Department of Defense Education Activity-Europe’s Netzaberg school complex. (Photo by Andreas Kreuzer, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs)


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Netzaberg Elementary and Middle School campus will be offering the “Start Smart” breakfast program during the 2018-2019 school year.


The program will start at NES on Aug. 28 and at NMS on Sept. 10.


The campus was selected as a pilot location for the new school breakfast program within the Department of Defense Education Activity Europe footprint. It is one of only three schools in Europe selected for this pilot project. 


The program is available to students registered in the AAFES Exchange School Meal Program. The cost for breakfast is determined by full, reduced or free lunch status.


The typical menu will consist of fresh fruit, flavored or non-flavored milk, and a choice of an egg cheese croissant or chicken sausage sliders.


The breakfast program provides support toward our overall DoDEA educational mission to ensure students are ready to learn and acquire healthy nutrition habits, said Dr. Vince Diaz, NMS principal.


“Students perform better in school when they eat breakfast,” said Vanessa Faerber, NES principal, during the trial run hosted by the school in June 2018.


The Smart Start program flyers sent by the schools cites student performance facts from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom:


  • Eating breakfast at school improves academic performance, health, and behavior.


  • Children who eat breakfast at school perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.


  • Providing breakfast to students at school improves their concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory, and learning.


  • Participating in school breakfast also is associated with improved math grades, attendance, and behavior.


For more information about the breakfast program, contact the NES school office at 09645-917-9184 or the NMS school office at 09645-917-9229.


To learn more about and to register for the AAFES Exchange School Meal Program, visit the School Liaison Officer web page and click on “Lunch Program.”