Just after 9:30 a.m. Friday, the fourth-grade class at the Mary Lyon School in Brighton were already assigned a list of start-of-day tasks, written in big block letters on the whiteboard. “Morning math.” “Quiet reading.” But the number-one assignment on the list was a new one: “Breakfast.” This year, Boston public schools have begun providing free breakfasts to all students, to ensure that all schoolchildren eat healthfully and receive the nutrition they need to stay alert throughout the day.
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