COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP/CBS4) — Some Colorado schools will be required to provide breakfast to students after the first bell of the day starting next school year.

Lawmakers passed the proposal this year. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed it into law Wednesday in the cafeteria of a Commerce City elementary school, surrounded by students.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill Wednesday at a Commerce City elementary school.

It requires schools that have 80 percent or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch to serve breakfast after the start of the school day.

“You can’t learn to write if you’re hungry, distracted and you’ve got your stomach growling,” Hickenlooper said. “We’re going to make sure you guys get that critical first meal.”

Lawmakers say the goal is to make sure students are not hungry in class. Schools can choose how to provide the breakfast, whether it’s during a brief recess or in class.

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