Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on May 09, 2013 @ 8:00PM
Created on May 09, 2013 @ 6:05PM
Doctor Larry Parsons, the Superintendent of Preston County Schools, told 5 News that Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has done a lot recently to improve the school systems in the Mountain State, but he believes a piece of legislation he signed on Wednesday is the most important one so far.
On Wednesday Tomblin signed the Feed to Achieve Act into law. It gives free breakfast and lunch to every student in the Mountain State.
The act would fund the expanded lunch programs through private donations and grants.
Officials in Berkely County have a run a pilot program that does something similar and apparently it's been a huge success.
Parsons told 5 News he's a huge supporter of the bill. He said there have been studies done that show students do better on school on full stomachs.
Parsons mentioned that kids shouldn't be denied a meal because of what their parents do with their money.
"We know that families aren't always poor by economic income," Parsons said. "But they may be poor in terms of how they manage their money and choose to pay for children's meals. This should take most of that away."
Parsons told 5 News he's optimistic that everyone will pitch-in to make sure students get fed.
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