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FARMINGTON — A total of 15 schools in the Farmington Municipal School District are taking part in a free breakfast and lunch program this year, district officials have announced.

All students enrolled at one the 15 schools on the list will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge as part of the Universal Breakfast and Lunch Program, according to a press release from the district, and eligibility status will not be a factor.

The schools on the list are Animas Elementary School, Apache Elementary School, Bluffview Elementary School, Country Club Elementary School, Esperanza Elementary School, Ladera Elementary School, McCormick Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Mesa Verde Elementary School, Northeast Elementary School, CATE Pre-K, Farmington Special Preschool, Mesa View Middle School, Tibbetts Middle School and Rocinante High School.

The meals served by the schools will follow U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals, the release states, and parents are asked to encourage their children to participate in the program. Parents also are asked to help their children memorize their personal student ID number so that all students can be fed in a timely manner.

The press release cites studies that show that children who are not hungry perform better in school, and district officials say they are hoping to create a better learning environment with the program.

Call 505-599-8778 for more information about the program.

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