Healthy start to a new century
But according to research, one-in-four Australian children do not eat a healthy meal to start the day.
Acting on these figures, Lismore Heights Public School yesterday became the 100th NSW school to start a Good Start Breakfast Club which is run by the Australian Red Cross.
Australian Red Cross northern region manager Vahideh Hosseini said 65,000 breakfasts were dished up annually to Australian primary school-aged children.
She said 3500 volunteers made breakfast for children all over Australia and were role models for the children at the same time.
"Many of our volunteers are men, and that is important to have them as role models for the children," she said.
"We need more men to volunteer."
School principal Ken Hickling said educating children was a complex process.
"And to engage children in this process we have to predispose them to learning," he said.
"Living in the 21st Century we must ensure kids are in the best position for learning.
"The breakfast club is a great example of the community working together to do just this."
In a special ceremony at the school, Bundjalung elder Michael Roberts, Lismore mayor Merv King, State MP Thomas George, and school principal Ken Hickling planted a bush tucker lilli pilli tree to mark the occasion.
Parent Dee Turner said she inquired about the club after a survey revealed a high percentage came to school without breakfast.
"We had to do something," she said.