Break­fast pro­gram feeds stu­dent minds

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THIR­TEEN-YEAR-OLD Jade Bryan lives out of town, which means catch­ing an early bus to get to school.

Break­fast is of­ten the last thing on her mind , but luck­ily Stan­thorpe State High School runs break­fast ev­ery Mon­day and Wednes­day, mean­ing Jade doesn’t have to head to class hun­gry.

She’s one of up to 15 kids who turn up to the pro­gram each week.

Or­gan­iser and teacher Kay­lah Adams said Jade’s story was com­mon for stu­dents re­ly­ing on the break­fast.

“We do have a lot of kids who travel from Texas, from Ten­ter­field, so even if those kids have break­fast be­fore they get on the bus they’re hun­gry by the time they get here,” she said.

Ms Adams said she saw a dif­fer­ence in the stu­dents when they had eaten break­fast.

“Not only can they con­cen­trate bet­ter but, par­tic­u­larly for the teenage boys, they get a bit

‘hangry’, so when they’ve had break­fast they’re a lot eas­ier to deal with.”

The pro­gram, which has run for seven years, is funded by the school chap­laincy pro­gram with do­na­tions from Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices, Na­tional Bank of Aus­tralia and the com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

BREAK­FAST CLUB: Milo and ce­real are favourites for Kalyah Adams, school pre­fect Stacey De Re, Nick­ho­las McCul­lagh and Jade Bryan.

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