BREAKFAST IN BUTTE: HALEY'S BLOG


Alright, if I could just have you stand by those doors. Hold the battery pack and fasten the microphone on your collar." I've done this many times before, but being on camera always makes my heart race. I take a deep breath and launch into the speech I wrote while staring at my dark bedroom ceiling. Kurt and I are being interviewed by NBC Montana about breakfast at West Elementary school. Later I'll review the clip and think "geez, does my hair really look like that?"

The past three months have been a wicked success for the district's alternative breakfast program, which has expanded to four schools since the beginning of my service. We've received attention from Governor Bullock and the overwhelming support of the community. We feed 600 more students every day now. It's mind-boggling, really, to think about how far we've come in such a short time. But when you've got a product as wonderful as "No Kid Hungry" to sell, the results come pretty quick. And when you've got the unstoppable force of the employees of the Butte school district behind you, anything can be accomplished.

I go back to the office after the shoot is over, still laughing about the lunch lady's son who happily lisped through his interview. I review press releases, I update databases, I schedule meetings, first graders tell me what their favorite breakfast food is. It's just another day at work.

Haley McKnight
Montana No Kid Hungry-PRC AmeriCorps VISTA
Butte, MT