Brekkie club for students

LISMORE High School’s Brekkie Club is giving students the opportunity to achieve their full potential by starting the day with a nourishing meal.

Co-ordinator, Kellie McBeath, said that the school had discovered that too many students were losing concentration during the day.

“Some students were becoming disruptive simply because they were hungry,” Mrs McBeath said.

“We saw the brekkie club as a way to not just make the students more comfortable, but to help them stay on track in the classroom.

She said starting the day with a meal helped students’ mental and emotional development.

“There’s also the social aspect,” Mrs McBeath said.

“Attending the Club increases interaction between the students with other than their usual group.”

“It breaks down those barriers that exist in all schools, in particular, between mainstream and special needs students.

I also think it helps the relationships between staff and students.”

The club is self-funded with money raised from Bunnings barbecues and other functions.

Supermarkets have also come on board as well as Norco, which has provided free milk for the past three years.

Mrs McBeath said the number of students attending the club varied, but can be as many as 30.

One student, Maddi Collings said that because she lives out of Lismore, she needs to catch an early bus and generally misses breakfast at home.

“The brekkie club is good for me because more often than not, I don’t have much chance to have breakfast at home,” she said.

“This morning I had some juice, a Milo, and a toasted sandwich and that’s enough to keep me going until recess.”

“The ladies are always nice and the food is good.

“I think all schools should have a brekkie club,” she said.



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