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Breakfast Clubs of Canada helping Macleod students

Breakfast Clubs of Canada is helping make sure hungry kids get fed in Fort Macleod.
The national non-profit group is providing money to upgrade kitchens in all four Fort Macleod schools.
“They want universal programs in all the schools,” Kids First Family Centre director Susan Simpson said.
Simpson discussed the Breakfast Clubs of Canada’s contribution to Fort Macleod at last month’s tri-school council meeting at W.A. Day school.
Simpson said equipment has been ordered for W.A. Day, G.R. Davis, F.P. Walshe and Outreach Central schools in Fort Macleod.
“Now we can have a full breakfast program in all four schools,” Simpson told the group.
Breakfast Clubs of Canada was started in 2005 and is building on 15 years of experience of the Quebec Breakfast Club.
The Quebec Breakfast Club program, which serves more than 2.1-million breakfasts to school children annually, was recognized by the United Nations World Food Programme.
The Quebec Breakfast Club program is the model Breakfast Clubs of Canada promotes for other programs in Canada.
Breakfast Clubs of Canada saw the need for school breakfast programs across Canada.
Last year, Breakfast Clubs of Canada helped serve more than 29-million breakfasts and more than 181,000 children in schools across Canada.
Breakfast Clubs of Canada is funded by donations from individuals and corporations.
According to the Breakfast Clubs of Canada Web site, teachers have reported at least 30 minutes more effective teaching time per day as a result of breakfast programs.
A balanced meal, a safe and stimulating environment, and social and emotional support to children offers the following benefits to students:

  • Improved attendance and punctuality.
  • Renewed interest in curriculum subjects.
  • Increased understanding of how healthy eating habits affect energy levels.
  • Improved behaviour and increased concentration, leading to greater achievement.
  • Improved social skills and confidence to interact with other children and adults.
  • Reduced bullying through increased cross-age and peer-group interaction and communication.
  • Enhanced relationships with family members and the wider community.

Simpson told the tri-school council meeting G.R. Davis school requires the most equipment.
“They didn’t really have the facilities to have a breakfast program,” Simpson explained.
The breakfast program will be run as a life skills course at Outreach Central school.
“The kids plan, purchase and prepare their own meal,” Simpson explained.
Simpson said Kids First is still looking for funding for lunch programs.
“We know that kid’s brains have an optimum level of function when they have a consistent supply of calories,” Simpson noted.

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