Education groups are supporting a Nebraska lawmaker's effort to increase the number of students eating breakfast at school.

Senator Bill Avery of Lincoln introduced a bill that would encourage schools to create alternative breakfast programs, such as grab-and-go breakfast or breakfast in the classroom through a grant program.

The bill was presented to the Education Committee on Monday. Avery says Nebraska has one of the lowest school breakfast participation rates in the country. Supporters of the bill say eating breakfast leads to better educational outcomes for students.

Norris School District Superintendent John Skretta testified in support of the bill.

Skretta says his school has seen higher participation rates at schools with grab-and-go breakfast than those with a traditional breakfast.