"The LA Fund's #ArtsMatter campaign reminds us that exposure to the arts is
essential for any truly meaningful education. The arts give us a deeper understanding of
our world and of ourselves. We must fight to keep them alive and well in our public schools.”
When he was running for mayor, Bill de Blasio had a plan to improve the health and learning of tens of thousands of schoolchildren. It was to require all public schools to serve free breakfast in the classroom, instead of in the cafeteria before school started. The change was needed, he said, because so few eligible children take advantage of free cafeteria breakfasts — either because it is too hard to get to school that early or because participating in the program stigmatizes recipients as needy. Low participation squanders millions of unused dollars in federal aid and leaves too many children hungry. Click here to read more.