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STUDENTS SAMPLE BREAKFAST RECIPES

The Deseret News expresses appreciation to the student testing panel, which sampled breakfast recipes in conjuction with the Deseret News' Newspaper in Education department's "No Books Day" observance.

Julie Jensen, freshman at West High, thought the Puffed Pancake recipe she tested for the March Recipe Exchange was "delicious . . . a great dish" but expressed concern that the preparation time was not practical for her family's morning schedule.Rushed morning schedules limit breakfast time for many families, but parents and school administrators recognize the importance of the starter meal.

Brent Craig, food service director for Jordan District, whose school breakfast program is in the first full year, explains the value of the district-provided meal, "Having breakfast really helps the students. We appreciate the opportunity to provide this service for our students but understand that the program returns the service to school personnel in terms of improved classroom behavior, increased student performance and decreased tardiness. There are rewards all around, and we have an increased interest in expanding the program in our district."

Whether breakfast is provided as part of a school-administered program or at home, student recipe testers agreed with Craig.

"I don't get through the morning if I don't have breakfast," says Brian Clegg, junior at Highland.

Nancy Sorenson, an eighth-grader at Hillside Intermediate, emphasized the importance of a simple recipe like the scrambled egg and cheese tortilla roll-up she tested.

"It's easy to fix on a busy schedule," she explains.

Lindsay Fannin, sixth-grade student at Woodstock Elementary, tried a handy, totable breakfast cookie that she decided would fit right in with a breakfast on the run schedule.

Not all of our student testers felt the early morning push to grab a breakfast bite.

Brett Handy's family enjoyed the East Layton Elementary sixth-grader's Apple Pancakes so much he made a second batch. Sidni Tomsic, a first-grader at Longview Elementary, Murray, found her Spaghetti Pancakes just like "having my favorite macaroni and cheese for breakfast."

Jeff Richards, a seventh-grader at Bryant Intermediate, thought the Breakfast Pizza was a "great" for either breakfast or an after-school snack.

But Meadow Elementary first-grader Cooper Thomas, who tested the Puff Pancake recipe, summarized the breakfast story.

"I really liked fixing my pancake and eating it. It was fun to watch it grow in the oven."

If everyone could adopt Thomas' enthusiasm for a morning meal, the 10 a.m. stomach growls would disappear.