Alma School Breakfast Club
Saturday, 17th February, 2018
By Myles Burt
Alma Public School has started off the year on a healthy note, with a breakfast club proving successful at bringing students to school on time and giving them the best start to the day.
Breakfast Club organiser Bojames Griffin said he asked students, teachers and family members about the idea.
“Some children were coming later to school, and they were coming not necessarily with a nutritious breakfast in their stomachs or any at all,” he said.
Mr Griffin said he wanted to create an equal opportunity for children to receive a wholesome, nutritious breakfast every day.
He said it would help students excel academically, emotionally and socially at school.
“Some kids were getting here at 10 o’clock, (but) the kids are now coming at 8.30, and they’re getting their tucker, and they’re in class happy and ready to learn,” he said.
After starting off small, the canteen now dishes out an average of 80 meals a day for students who arrive between 8.30am and 9am.
Families and businesses have been contributing by donating money or food to the canteen.
“The feedback I got from the community was overwhelming,” he said.
“We’re getting a lot of support from the community and also businesses which is fantastic.”
Mr Griffin said the club offered parents an opportunity to speak informally with teachers about their children.
“Before, we didn’t have many parents coming in, and now we can’t get rid of them,” he said.