This week, Governor Cuomo proclaimed September 25 to be
School Breakfast Day
in New York State. To celebrate, we recognized the great work happening in schools across the state. Check out this
School Breakfast video
to see what schools are doing to ensure students have a healthy breakfast each school day. Many school districts now offer breakfast after the school day begins through a program called Breakfast After the Bell. Visit our
School Breakfast Program web page
to learn more and find out if your child's school is participating in Breakfast After the Bell.
There are many other ways that communities and schools across the state are working every day to help students achieve success. Through the
New York State My Brother's Keeper
(MBK) initiative, schools and communities work to eliminate opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color so that all students can reach their full potential. We continue to spotlight MBK programs in our
and share perspectives from MBK students in our social media campaign, #ChangingTheNarrative. Follow us on
to check out our posts and learn more about these great programs.
This spring, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) hosted the third annual
in Albany. Nearly 1,000 students, parents, educational leaders, and citizens from across New York State gathered to hear about the impact of MBK, gain valuable knowledge, and get motivated to implement new strategies in their communities to address issues impacting boys and young men of color. The event included nationally renowned speakers, student-led panels, workshops, and a college resource fair.
This year's Symposium theme was Building Pipelines to Opportunity, which represents NYSED's mission to ensure that all students have equal access to a high-quality education from elementary years through post-secondary studies. In this
MBK Symposium video
, MBK students explain what the MBK program means to them and how it has positively impacted their lives.
I appreciate your continued support, and I hope you encourage other parents to sign up for our
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Interim Commissioner of Education